After a £10m transfer this January, Benik Afobe has a lot of pressure to prove he is worth a shot in the Premier League.
After a disappointing debut against West Ham United, the former Arsenal striker is doing just that with Bournemouth, and has netted in his last two appearances. It’s been a difficult rise to the top since he was part of an Arsenal team, along with Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin, which won the FA Youth Cup back in 2009.
Now in the Premier League at last, it’s been tough.
“I’ve been out on loan a few times, so I feel I’ve earned the right to be here,” Afobe said in an interview with the Telegraph. “I want to make my mark at this club, but there’s a long, long way to go before you can bracket me with the top centre-forwards.”
With two goals in three games, he’s started well and Arsenal will be in his sights next month. The likes of Jamie Vardy and Odion Ighalo are scoring for fun in the Premier League this season having previously made their mark on the Championship; can Afobe be the next unlikely success story?
“I’m just trying to gradually build myself up and there’s a lot of hard work to be done yet. I look at the likes of Ighalo and Vardy. They’ve scored goals in the Championship like me and made their mark at the highest level.
“They’ve stepped up and are good role models for me. I’m young, I’m English and I believe I have all the tools to be a top player.”
After trouble with injuries it’s fantastic to see Afobe finally in the top flight and doing well. He has a point to prove, and I hope he does well.
Just don’t score against us, please.