Kenny Jackett assesses Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe's season so far

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Benik Afobe has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers so far this season.

Kenny Jackett has told the Express and Star that Benik Afobe’s performances for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season have been middling.

Afobe has not been as prolific as he was last season, after scoring 10 goals in 27 appearances to date this term.

The former Arsenal front man has looked short of confidence on occasion, and Jackett admits that the striker isn’t at the top of his game.

“Not bad,” Jackett said to the Express and Star, when asked to assess how Afobe has performed this season.

“He’s not had too many chances, which usually generally he can get chances.

“But as a side it’s been needs must. He’s been committed, worked hard and showed a good attitude and generally dug in.

“It very much depends if you can get the two wide men close to him.

“It sets out as a 4-3-3, with two in the midfield capable of joining quickly, there’s potentially four players that can join that one single forward. As you get driven back, needs must, you have to defend, and that’s where we’ve been.”

Afobe was brought to Wolves in January 2015, and his first half season at Wolves was nothing short of sensational.

The 22-year-old netted 12 goals in his first 22 appearances to establish his reputation as one of the deadliest finishers in the Championship.

This time around it has been more of a struggle - and Jackett even dropped him from Wolves’ starting line-up for a period of time in December, with Adam Le Fondre replacing him up front.

Despite Afobe’s relative lack of goals, interest still remains high in the striker.

The Express and Star suggest that Norwich City, Newcastle United and Derby County are all keeping tabs on Afobe, and could launch a bid with the January transfer window now open.

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