Benik Afobe has hit back at claims he did not want to play for former club Wolves, insisting he is being made a scapegoat for their indifferent early season form.
The striker was sold to Bournemouth in the transfer window, after netting 10 goals in all competitions for Wolves in the first half of the campaign.
In an interview with the Express and Star, Wolves head of recruitment Kevin Thelwell claimed Afobe undermined the club and the team made the right decision to cash in.
Clearly rattled by the comments, Afobe used Twitter to respond, and defend his performances.
And was top5 goalscorers in the league before I left and accussed of not trying. I'm a pro and wouldn't disrespect my teammates. End of! 2/3— Benik Afobé (@Afobe_) February 11, 2016
I asked to leave but only because I wanted to play in the Premier League but I never told my teammates or disrupted the changing room. 3/3— Benik Afobé (@Afobe_) February 11, 2016
I won't be commenting anymore, I have a good relationship with everyone at Wolves & the fans. Wish them the best. All about #afcb for me now— Benik Afobé (@Afobe_) February 11, 2016
Thelwell had stated: "You could list our entire first team squad and see that they were trying. Benik was no longer trying to play for us and that was undermining everything we were trying to achieve.”
The former Arsenal trainee has settled in well at Premier League side Bournemouth, netting three goals in his first five games for the club.
The suggestion he was not trying for Wolves does not make much sense, because if he was angling for a move, then it would have been in his best interests to play better and attract attention.
Afobe signed from the Gunners last January after a spell on loan at MK Dons, and quickly became a fan favourite with his displays, attracting interest from Premier League side Norwich City, which was rejected in the summer.
Wolves are currently 11th in the Championship, 10 points off the play-offs.