Bournemouth's Benik Afobe justifying the faith shown in him by Eddie Howe

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AFC Bournemouth’s latest recruit and record signing, Benik Afobe, has only been at the club for six weeks yet thoroughly impressed at Dean Court.

Since arriving in January, the 23-year-old has scored three Premier League goals in four appearances, so far justifying the £10 million spent to lure him from former club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Afobe has demonstrated a clinical nature in front of goal throughout his career, scoring 21 times in 24 appearances for Arsenal Under-18s in 2009/10, not to mention 11 in 13 the previous campaign.


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Such goalscoring exploits continued when he joined Wolves from Arsenal in 2014, finding the back of the net 22 times in 46 Championship fixtures, averaging just under a goal every two games.

And now, after a bright start to life with the Cherries, Bournemouth fans have reason to be excited by what the future holds with Afobe spearheading their side's attack.

Manager Eddie Howe has been full of praise for the impact the Englishman has made since his arrival, saying recently: "Benik has come in and made a huge impression with the squad. He's got a really good work ethic, a really good temperament."

The 38-year-old rates Afobe to the extent where he believes an England call-up could eventually be in the offing, the striker representing the Three Lions since Under-16 level despite being eligible to play for DR Congo.

"He is very young. I think that's the key thing here," Howe said.

"If he was 27 or 28 and thinking differently then I would understand why he'd maybe look elsewhere but he is still very young and he has got his best years ahead of him."

Afobe and co. face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, providing the striker with yet another chance to show what he's made of.

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