AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has backed striker Benik Afobe to rediscover his goalscoring form.
The 23 year old striker, who is currently away on international duty with DR Congo, joined the club in January for a then record fee in the region of £9million from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He had only previously joined Wolves 12 months before that for £2million from Arsenal.
During his time with Wolves he scored 23 times in 48 appearances, adding to the 19 goals in 30 games he had scored whilst on loan with MK Dons.
But since joining AFC Bournemouth, Afobe has found it hard to hold down a regular starting place.
With Callum Wilson out injured last season, Afobe stepped straight into the starting XI, scoring 4 times in his first 8 appearances.
In those games the Cherries beat Norwich, Crystal Palace and Southampton and drew with Sunderland.
But since that goal against Southampton on 1st March, Afobe is yet to score again.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘…I think every striker needs to feel that confidence you get from scoring goals. It won’t be far away for him if he continues to work as hard as he has in training.
‘That’s the challenge for him. He has impressed me in training and has shown a great attitude to his work despite not featuring regularly.’
….good enough for Premier League? Not sure why he gets drawn out of position….few times against Sunderland he never used his frame to challenge for crosses either?… hope he can improve otherwise I can’t see him making it with us?….hope I am wrong! – Join the conversation here.
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