Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett explains why he did not sign Benik Afobe last summer

Benik Afobe joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has explained to The Express & Star why he did not sign Benik Afobe in the summer of 2014.

The Championship outfit recruited the 22-year-old striker from Premier League giants Arsenal in the January transfer window.

Afobe has proved to be a superb signing for Wolves and has led the Wanderers’ charge for a playoff spot from the front.

The talented youngster has scored 12 goals and created 17 chances in 19 Championship appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 72%.

Jackett has admitted that he would have loved to sign Afobe earlier and has revealed why he did not.

“Would we have liked to have taken him earlier? Could we have taken him last summer? Well, yes. Of course we’d have loved to,” Jackett told The Express & Star.

“But he suffered quite a bad injury, and then he went to Sheffield Wednesday and didn’t really tear up any trees there.

“So I think for him, getting over his injury in the first part of the season was something he needed to do.”

Afobe played on loan for Milton Keynes Dons in the first half of the season and was a revelation for the League One outfit.

The youngster needed some time to get back into the groove of things after his injury struggles last season, and playing at MK Dons allowed him to do that.

The former Arsenal prospect has scored no fewer than 31 goals in all competitions this season and is not showing any sign of stopping.

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