Kenny Jackett comments on Benik Afobe's future at Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe has been linked with Newcastle United and Norwich City.

Kenny Jackett has remained coy about Benik Afobe’s future on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ official website, when asked whether he will leave in the January transfer window.

Afobe has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent times – with Newcastle United and Norwich City said to be interested by ESPN.

Jackett is unconcerned by the speculation, though, as he feels any interest will prove that his striker is in good form.

“Benik is a calm man, he’s articulate and for him he understands as much anyone it’s about the team,” said Jackett.

"It’ll be interesting [in January], it was a tough period in pre-season where there was a lot of speculation about him and conversations.

"But if there is speculation again it’ll mean things are going right and he’s scoring and playing well.

"We need to get him to that stage. He’s got one goal in his last eight and has the ability to score a lot of goals in the Championship.

"In terms of how we handle it, I can only really wait and see what the circumstances are at the time. We want to get up the league, we’re frustrated at being 14th. You only do that by having good players and a good team.

“How the situation goes, we’ll see. December is almost the calm before the storm - we’ll handle it and deal with it if and when it happens again.”

Afobe has suffered his most disappointing spell as a Wolves player to date over recent weeks, and he seems to be suffering with a lack of confidence.

The former Arsenal man is normally a deadly finisher, but he has been guilty of wasting chances in front of goal on regular occasions recently.

Afobe was actually taken out of Wolves’ starting line-up for their most recent match against Rotherham United, with Adam Le Fondre taking his place.

The 22-year-old’s struggles could put Premier League clubs off in the new year, but his overall record still remains impressive.

Afobe has netted 20 goals in 40 Championship appearances for Wolves, and it would be a big blow to their promotion hopes if the striker were to leave.

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