Benik Afobe's positive impact on Bournemouth's campaign

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The ex-Arsenal man has helped steer the Cherries to mid-table safety.

When Arsenal sold Benik Afobe to Championship side Wolves in January 2015, there were not many at The Emirates who would have predicted his rise in value and potential.

He went on to score 23 goals in 48 games for the West Midlanders, and became a transfer target for numerous Premier League strugglers looking to ensure their safety.

He made his £10 million move to The South-Coast in January of this year, and has gone some way to repaying the steep transfer fee with four goals in 11 games.

There has been talk of Afobe's attitude being partly to blame for him not making the first team at Arsenal, and his exit from Wolves. Eddie Howe moved to dispel suggestions that his new striker's attitude leaves a lot to be desired. He told sportinglife.com:

"I have no problem with Benik's attitude. You can only react with people as you see fit. You cannot look back. He has come in, he has a really good work ethic, a really good temperament to the games and I have to say there are positive signs for the future."

He made an immediate impact at Dean Court, scoring in three of his first four games. While his goals contribution has subsided, he has still been a big part in Bournemouth's rise to 13th in the Premier League.

He offers his team a fantastic array of options. He is just as comfortable with his back to goal as he is utilising his pace and running in behind defenders. He has given Bournemouth a different dimension as he possesses the rare combination of speed and tremendous aerial ability.

Afobe joins a long list of ex-Championship players, such as Charlie Austin and Troy Deeney, who have proven they are perfectly equipped for the Premier League. 

Bournemouth will be expecting more to come from Afobe next season, as they look to further establish themselves as a Premier League club.

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