As much as Benik Afobe would love to test his quality at the highest level, he is in no rush to force a transfer to the Premier League this summer.
The former Arsenal youngster joined Wolverhampton Wanderers during the January window for a bargain £2million, and went on to score 13 goals in 21 appearances in the Championship. Added to this the 11 he notched for MK Dons in League One whilst on loan from the Gunners, and the 22-year-old can be satisfied with the personal impact he has had this season.
However, despite his efforts, Wolves lost out on a playoff place by virtue of goal difference. This has led to speculation that Afobe will be a target for Premier League sides when the window reopens this summer, and although the striker would love to pit his wits against the best defences in the country, he insists he is happy to lead a promotion charge at Molineux next term.
“It’s nice to know Premier League clubs are looking at you because it means you are doing well,” he said. “I haven’t been texting anyone or managers saying I want to leave this club already. I’ve only been here since January. I want to be in the Premier League, and my main aim is to be in the Premier League with Wolves. I don’t know what the future holds, I still have a long contract at Wolves.”
One player who will be leaving Wolves in the coming weeks is Kevin Doyle. The former Reading striker has been at the club for the past six years, interrupted by loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, but he has been allowed to terminate a contract which was due to expire this summer regardless so he can link up with MLS side Colorado Rapids earlier than expected.
Despite Benik Afobe wanting to stay at Wolverhampton Wanderers, how much would it take for the Championship club to be persuaded to sell?