AFC Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has admitted a heart to heart conversation with manager Eddie Howe has turned his season around.
Afobe joined the Cherries from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a then club record fee of around £9million in January 2016.
Afobe scored 3 goals in his first 4 appearances for AFC Bournemouth, he failed to score for the remainder of that season and had to accept a bit part role, ending last season with 4 of his 7 appearances lasting no longer than 45 minutes.
He started this season with his first 10 Premier League appearances, all as a substitute and totalling 174 minutes.
Afobe’s first start came against Burnley where he played the full 90 minutes and scored his first goal of the season.
He has started seven further games, including the last three consecutive Premier League fixtures, netting a further three goals.
Afobe told Daily Echo…
“…I picked up a knee injury during the training camp in Chicago (in pre-season) that people didn`t know about which set me back.
“I started the season on the bench and tried to get myself back in the team but the boys were doing well at the time so I couldn`t really complain.
“I lost my head a bit and didn`t train as hard as I could have. I had a heart-to-heart meeting with the manager and, ever since then, I have been working my way back…’
‘…I have been trying to get my goalscoring touch back and, hopefully, I have found it again with nine games to go.”
Most sports reporters and pundits loved Afobe’s performance (against Swansea).
I appreciate Eddie has to say similar, but most of the fans around me thought he had another poor game and was due to be hooked for Jack (Wilshere), had he not scored.
He often gives the impression of being lazy, often gets caught offside when he must be aware of where he is standing. He missed a gilt edged header midway through first half and scuffed his shot wide, until the lucky deflection for our first goal.
So why do all the so-called experts think he is such a handful? To me, he is a mixture of Wes Thomas and Derek Holmes. – Join the conversation here.
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