Benik Afobe has signed for Wolves on a permanent basis in a deal thought to be worth around £2 million.
The 21-year-old striker had been on loan at MK Dons where he scored 19 goals in 30 appearances so far this season, and that form persuaded the Midlands club to make a move.
With his chances at Arsenal restricted due to the more experienced Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis, the club were willing to let him go and the chance to move to a Championship club was obviously hard to resist.
Wolves are currently 9th in the second tier of English football and will be fighting for a play-off spot. MK Dons are 3rd in League One, thanks in no small part to Afobe’s goals.
Speaking to local publication Express & Star about the deal for Afobe, Wolves’ head coach Kenny Jackett – who had him on loan at Millwall – revealed he’d been keeping tabs on the England under-21 international for some time.
“I watched him come through at Arsenal and watched his progress up to the current time and we feel, at 21, he fits into the bracket we are looking for that can improve us.
“He is on a good run, a very good run and has got over his injury problems. He has proved an asset for MK Dons, has a good goalscoring record in League One and he is ready now to step up to try the challenge of Championship football, which many of our players have done this year.
“He has the pace, power and goal-scoring record that we need. He will help us in the second half of this season and the years to come.”
Afobe, who has signed a three and a half year deal, had been very highly rated at Arsenal but two serious knee injuries curtailed his development and with timing such a factor in players’ careers his recovery coincided with the Gunners adding more experienced fire power to their ranks.
Good luck to him.