Kenny Jackett responds to Benik Afobe speculation

Benik Afobe

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

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has suggested to the club’s official website that he is not concerned about speculation regarding the future of Benik Afobe.

Afobe is one of the best strikers in the Championship and has been linked with a move away from Wolves in the January transfer window.

According to ESPN, Premier League outfit Newcastle United are interested in the striker, while Norwich City are claimed to have had three bids rejected for the 22-year-old in the summer transfer window.

The former Arsenal prospect was on target for Wolves against Leeds United at Molineux in the Championship on Thursday evening.

According to Wolves’ official website, Jackett was asked whether there is likely to be renewed speculation about Afobe's future when the transfer window re-opens in January.

“I was very pleased that Benik scored and that we were creating opportunities,” said the manager. “There is always speculation with centre forwards that score goals and Benik does that.

“You have to miss chances to score and I felt he made a good return. It is sometimes not a bad thing to miss a couple of games and come back in.

“Getting the service to him and creating chances is something we have to keep working at and, for us, he is not the problem. We have to settle other areas and concentrate on them.”

It seems that Jackett is not too concerned about Afobe’s future and appears confident that he will remain at Wolves for the rest of the season at least.

The youngster is one of the best strikers in the Championship, and he will be crucial in Wolves finishing in the playoffs.

The former England Under-21 international has scored eight goals and created 15 chances in 21 Championship appearances so far this season.

Afobe has a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 51%, and has won 39 headers, 15 dribbles and 11 tackles.

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