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Benik Afobe | Forward | #9

Team: Bournemouth
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/12/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 172

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Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has admitted that it took a good conversation with Eddie Howe to get him back on track earlier in the season.
The 24 year-old admits that he "lost his head" earlier this season after a pre-season injury kept him out of the first team. Previous to that, he made a solid start to his Cherries career after arriving as a £9 million club record signing. He explained that this resulted in him not training as hard as he could have done, but a meeting with Eddie Howe brought him back to the fold. "It affected me in that I was quiet around the house and I am quite a bubbly person...My chat with the manager was important because it showed he cared. He could have just left me to one side and said he didn’t want me in and around the changing room." However, he feels that he is being rewarded for his work now having started three consecutive games for the first time this season. Mar 20 - 5:17 PM


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Bournemouth won the relegation "six-pointer" at the Vitality Stadium against Swansea on a 2-0 scoreline.

The Swans' blushes were saved by the hands of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski on a number of occasions in a game which the Cherries could easily have won by so much more. Alfie Mawson was the unfortunate player to break the deadlock, deflecting an Afobe shot beyond his own 'keeper after 31 minutes of what had been a dull, even game up to that point. The Swans went closest in that half with a near-OG of their own after a Siggy free was put just wide of his own post by Josh King. King later played through Afobe for the Cherries' second and was unlucky not to get one for himself late on with a header.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 18 - 3:51 PM

AFC Bournemouth bounced back from going behind twice to grab a 2-2 draw at home to Watford.

Lewis Cook returned to the Cherries' starting line-up while Steve Cook and Tyrone Mings started in the centre of defence as Bournemouth await the return of the still-suspended Simon Francis. Kabasele stuck the Hornets in front after Britos headed a corner aimed at the far-post back into the six-yard box. Bournemouth were rejuvenated by their half-time team talk by Eddie Howe after a languid first-half display and equalised through Josh King, who got on the end of Adam Smith's cross. Smith did brilliantly to create the chance, marauding down the right flank. Watford retook the lead against the run of play through Deeney. Poor defending by Bournemouth gifted him the opportunity to flick the ball beyond Boruc after another corner. Afobe took advantage of Kabasele's cramp to find space and fire powerfully past Gomes to make the tie even again and that was how it finished.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 21 - 12:22 PM

Benik Afobe was omitted from the Bournemouth squad on Tuesday evening as the club await international clearance from DR Congo.

Afobe recently spoke about his decision to remain with the Cherries in January and not travel to the Africa Cup of Nations having seen his game time increase over the past month: "I have a great opportunity here now and I think by going away and missing six or seven weeks it could hamper my season personally and for the team." Afobe has spoken to national team manager Florent Ibenge personally, but Bournemouth need official confirmation to ensure he is eligible for his club, otherwise he could face a sanction and suspension. Callum Wilson came in against Arsenal, and took his opportunity, helping Bournemouth cruise into a 3-0 lead before they were eventually pegged back: "I got my chance tonight in strange circumstances, moving forwards now a goal is great for my confidence. I feel sharp, I feel strong, so hopefully I can take that into the next game if I'm selected."
Jan 4 - 1:27 PM

Benik Afobe suffered a knee injury in training during AFC Bournemouth's current preseason tour in the United States and the striker will have a scan when the club returns home

According to Eddie Howe, Afobe "just took a knock to the knee" so it was not a major contact injury and the odds are it isn't too serious. While that means Afobe may not miss any time when the regular season begins, it eliminates his chances of impressing his manager in the preseason in the fight for regular playing time when league play gets underway. Callum Wilson has already bagged a brace on this current tour and looks to be the clear-cut first choice striker when the Cherries open up against Manchester United in three weeks' time.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 03:13:00 AM

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.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 06:31:00 AM

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.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 10:15:00 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
Tue, Feb 2, 2016 05:20:00 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."
Mon, Jan 25, 2016 07:50:00 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
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 12:35:00 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
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 06:44:00 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.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 05:02:00 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
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 01:47:00 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