AFC Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe is concentrating on taking his opportunities on the south coast when they arise.
Afobe joined the Cherries from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a then club record fee of around £9million in January 2016.
He scored 3 goals in his first 4 appearances for the club, but hasn’t scored since the victory over Southampton in March.
Instead, Afobe has had to accept a bit part role, ending last season with 4 of his 7 appearances lasting no longer than 45 minutes.
This season he has made 8 Premier League appearances, all as a substitute totalling just 132 minutes.
Afobe told BBC Radio Solent…
‘Not being part of the team has been a different kind of challenge, But the manager has never lost faith in me.
‘I didn’t sulk at being left out, but perhaps I didn’t train as hard.’
‘I’m not someone that really sulks or is what they call in football ‘a bad egg’, or someone that starts gossiping and affecting the changing room, I was a bit too down to start with, but after the chat with the manager, I’ve been better in training in the last couple of months and the opportunities have come.
‘The smile is definitely back on my face.’
Afobe also revealed his hopes of representing Democratic Republic of Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Afobe has opted to represent DR Congo instead of England who he has played for at youth level. He was first included in their squad in March, however he is yet to make his first appearance for them.
He spent the most recent international window away with DR Congo, but due to an administration error he is yet to be given clearance to play.
‘I was disappointed not to play at the time, but the main thing is returning to the club injury-free. Club always comes before country and right now, I want to be available for Bournemouth as much as possible.’
Arters beard wrote…
Afobe is a classic confidence striker, desperately needs a goal and then I think he will push on again. I’m not giving up on him yet. – Join the conversation here.
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