Kenny Jackett wants youngster to replace Benik Afobe at Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Benik Afobe left Wolverhampton Wanderers for Bournemouth at the weekend.

Kenny Jackett has told the Express and Star that Wolverhampton Wanderers' replacement for Benik Afobe is unlikely to be a proven striker.

Wolves have assembled one of the youngest squads in the Championship, due to their transfer policy.

The Midlands side have targeted young and hungry players from across the Football League in recent windows, and it seems that Jackett will stick to that philosophy when finding Afobe’s replacement.

"Generally we've targeted younger, hungrier platers that can develop with the club. I still do believe that's the right policy,” Jackett said, when asked whether he would favour an experienced player to replace Afobe.

“Building and developing is a very important thing because when it all goes wrong, and it did here for a couple of relegations.

"When you have a group of older players and perhaps no younger players to come in and replace them, a club can struggle very quickly.

"Do we want people that are doing it right now? Yes we do. But there has to be an overall feeling of 'young and hungry.’

"I readily accept for the supporters, they don't want someone coming in now in January that's going to be a good player in 18 months.

"They want someone that's going to directly affect the second half of the season and so do I."

Afobe moved to Bournemouth in a big money deal at the weekend, and replacing him will be tough for Wolves.

The 22-year-old was their main goal threat, and their striking options look limited without him.

Wolves have been linked with Gabriel Agbonlahor in the Birmingham Mail, but it seems that a move for the Aston Villa would be unlikely, given Jackett’s preference to sign a youngster.

Wolves are also said to be interested in Peterborough United’s Conor Washington and Bolton Wanderers’ Zach Clough, and they seem more likely targets.

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