The Anglo-Congolese forward began his career at Arsenal, where he failed to make the grade, eventually moving permanently to Wolves in 2014.
While Afobe impressed in fits and starts during a series of loan moves with the likes of Reading, Huddersfield Town, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday, he truly found his feet at Molineux, helping the Midlands club to a respectable league position in their first campaign back in the Championship last season.
Only a year on from leaving Arsenal for only £2 million, the forward has secured a triumphant return to the Premier League—for a £10 million fee [BBC Sport] which demonstrates his remarkable conviction in front of goal for Kenny Jackett’s side over the last 12 months.
Indeed, the transformation in Afobe’s price tag begs the question whether the Gunners were wrong to let him go, and to offload him for such a risible fee.
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Perhaps it also demonstrates Bournemouth’s desperation; the club lost three big-name players in Christian Atsu (now returned to Chelsea), Max Gradel and Callum Wilson to injury at the beginning of the season, and while they remain out of the relegation zone after 20 matches, coach Eddie Howe will be aware that he needs to boost his side’s firepower in order to have the best chance of pulling clear.