Reading have signed Benik Afobe on loan for the rest of the season after seeking cover for Jason Roberts on the final day of the loan window.
The 19-year-old, who has spent much of the season sidelined with a groin problem, has featured in the last three games for Neil Banfield’s Reserves, completing his first 90 minutes of the year against Liverpool on Wednesday.
A graduate of the Arsenal Academy, Afobe has been tipped for a career at the top of the game by club captain Robin van Persie, with the Dutchman fiercely impressed by the determination of his young teammate to overcome his recent fitness problems. Earlier in the season, the teenager revealed that there had been interest from a number of clubs keen on signing him on a temporary basis, although he was happy to bide his time in North London.
Reading are currently vying for automatic promotion to the Premier League after a stunning run in the Championship and will no doubt be hoping that Afobe’s experience on loan at Huddersfield last season will come in handy during the run-in.
Speaking to the Reading website manager Brian McDermott spoke excitedly about the capture of Afobe:
“We’re delighted to have him, he wanted to come here and that was important because he had other options.
“We know him very well, we have watched him from a very young age. He’s played a lot of games for England right up to the under 19s and then out on loan last season as well.
“He’s a good addition to the squad and will help us with eight games to go.”