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Benik Afobe | Forward | #36

Team: Bournemouth
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/12/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 174

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Eddie Howe could be without Benik Afobe for up-to a month after the Cherries striker picked up a hamstring injury while training with the DR Congo.
Afobe made an impressive start to his Bournemouth career when he arrived from Arsenal via Wolverhampton Wanderers. Three goals in his first 4 games helped Eddie Howe’s men secure seven crucial points but the 23-year-old – who is still learning his trade at the highest level – has struggled to recreate his early form and is now set for a spell on the sidelines. News broke late on Saturday and his absence afforded Lewis Grabban a rare Premier League start partnering Josh King up front. However, against a resurgent City side, the match was effectively over within 20 minutes although Grabban will benefit from his first 90 minutes for the club since re-joining from Norwich. Apr 4 - 6:31 AM

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Benik Afobe was a late scratch for AFC Bournemouth today as the striker has picked up a hamstring injury.

Afobe took to Twitter himself to announce he would miss out on the match today with Manchester City, noting that it is the first league game he has missed in two years. The tone of the tweet would suggest the injury is not serious but we will have to wait on an assessment this coming week ahead of a tasty matchup against Aston Villa. Lewis Grabban is given a rare start to lead the line for the Cherries today.
Apr 2 - 10:15 AM

Benik Afobe is proving to be just the signing Bournemouth needed to lift them from the looming scare of relegation as the January arrival scored the match-winner in a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace.

Afobe has now scored in his last three straight Premier League starts after arriving at the beginning of the transfer window from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Afobe proved to be key to the Cherries attack, holding up play wonderfully and allowing the club's dangerous wingers to join the attack. Winger Marc Pugh scored the equalizer with a nifty move inside the box just seven minutes after conceding the opening goal to Scott Dann. Then it was Afobe's turn to give Bournemouth the lead early in the second half with a header off a save and put the club seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 2 - 5:20 PM

Cherries boss Eddie Howe is confident that new striker Benik Afobe can quickly recover after he was forced off at the Stadium of Light because of injury.

Afobe was Jonny-on-the-spot once again as Bournemouth deservedly took the lead thanks to a brilliant diving header. But, the new £10m hit man was unable to complete 90 minutes for the second successive game after suffering a bruised toe. The 22-year-old will be assessed but the problem is not thought to be serious. More of a concern will be the loss of teammate Junior Stanislas who was helped off the pitch following a rash Billy Jones challenge. "He twisted his knee and it doesn’t look good. It looks like maybe a medial ligament strain," Eddie Howe said. "He was quite sore in the changing room so we will see how serious it is. It would be a huge blow if he were to be out for any period of time because he has been excellent."
Jan 25 - 7:50 AM

Benik Afobe looks to be the cure of Bournemouth's scoring woes after netting the club's only goal of the match in a 1-1 draw away to Sunderland.

It took a quick decision from Afobe to head a bouncing, waist-high pass past Vito Mannone in the first half after Junior Stanislas crossed in an awkward ball into the center of the box. For the former Arsenal striker, it was his second goal in as many games to give him two Premier League goals in three games since his move from Wolverhampton Wanderers. With under 10 minutes to go, Stanislas looked set on stealing the three points, after Patrick van Aanholt followed Afobe's goal with an equalizer, but the winger squandered a chance with just the keeper to beat. Meanwhile, Matt Ritchie came off the bench in the second half after missing last week's match with a dead leg.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 23 - 12:35 PM

Eddie Howe is sweating on the fitness of new striker Benik Afobe after knee and ankle problems forced the £10m hit man off on Saturday.

Afobe helped the Cherries to a convincing 3-nil victory over Norwich, but the win came at a cost as the former Arsenal trainee limped to the sidelines with five minutes remaining. Afobe was instrumental throughout and it was his pace and movement which should have resulted in the sending off of Declan Rudd. The goalkeeper was lucky to escape with a caution for a dangerous challenge on the forward just before the break. However, soon after grabbing his first goal for Bournemouth to help secure all three points, Afobe departed after a kick to the knee with a bloodied ankle. The 22-year-old will be assessed ahead of next weekend but Lewis Grabban – who missed the match due to illness – should be fine for the trip to Sunderland.
Source: The Express
Jan 18 - 6:44 AM

New signing Benik Afobe started his first Bournemouth match against West Ham in Week 21 and had two gilt-edged chances but failed to score either.

Since moving down from the Arsenal academy, Benik Afobe has been scoring goals regularly. Bournemouth paid good money to bring him to the Premier League hoping that he would continue to do so while moving up a level. His first opportunities weren't promising. First from a cross and then from a brilliant through ball, Afobe failed to convert extremely credible chances or even put a shot on target. His header sailed well over the bar while he got his footwork wrong and allowed Adrian to dispossess him on the through ball. Fantasy managers shouldn't overreact but the initial signs weren't great.
Jan 12 - 5:02 PM

AFC Bournemouth made their second significant signing of the January transfer window with the acquisition of Benik Afobe from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of about £10m.

Wolves pull off quite the profit, having signed Afobe from Arsenal only a year ago for a fee of about £2m and have made a profit of £8m by dealing him to the Cherries. Afobe has been a goal machine for the Championship side since joining Wolverhampton, and has a bright future at only 22 years of age. With every major level of English football in the equation, Afobe has netted 42 times since the 2014/2015 season, second behind only Harry Kane 's 44. Afobe joins Juan Iturbe in a revamped Bournemouth squad. It remains to be seen how quickly he will earn playing time but odds are he will eventually supplant Josh King for the lead striker role in short time. He is worth an immediate stash in draft formats if you can get him off the waiver wire.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 10 - 1:47 PM

Arsenal forward Benik Afobe has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Championship club Wolves.

The 21-year-old had been on loan at MK Dons since the beginning of the season, scoring 19 goals in 30 matches for the League One outfit to help them reach third. But the England Under-21 international completed his move to the Molineux for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday and left the Barclays Premier League club he first joined 15 years ago. Manager Kenny Jackett believes Afobe has an "exciting future" at Wolves. "He's had a good upbringing where he's well thought of, well rated and we're keen to make him feel wanted and make him the best he can possibly be and try to bring out his full potential. He gets chances and converts a good percentage of them." Afobe never featured in a Premier League game for the Gunners, and had been sent on loan to Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday, then MK Dons since 2010.
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 02:27:00 PM