The Wolverhampton Wanderers fans in the Transfer Tavern are intrigued by recent reports which claim Benik Afobe is set to leave the club despite only completing a permanent transfer on Friday.
According to a recent report from talkSPORT, Stoke City are set to sign Afobe from Wolves in a £12 million deal, despite the fact the Congolese striker joined the club on a permanent basis last Friday. After failing to score a single Premier League goal for Bournemouth last season, Eddie Howe opted to send Afobe on loan to Wolves where he managed to notch 6 goals from 16 Championship appearances.
However, it appears Afobe’s poor record in the Premier League has forced Nuno Espirito Santo to consider his options ahead of the summer and agree to offload him to the recently relegated side. Considering Afobe’s struggle to find the back of the net in the top-flight, that should prove to be a wise decision, providing he is replaced of course.
In the modern climate it’s almost impossible to sign a proven goalscorer for £12 million at the top level, so the Wanderers will need to take a gamble in order to get value for money in the transfer market.
With that in mind, Wolves should consider making a bid for Man City’s highly-promising teenager Lukas Nmecha, as his form at U23 level this season suggests he is destined for a bright future in English football. The England international scored 20 goals from 16 appearances at youth level and was handed 3 cameo appearances in the first-team by Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola’s decision to expose Nmecha to the first-team served to demonstrate how highly he is regarded in Manchester, but with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus above him in the pecking order it seems incredibly unlikely that he will be able to establish himself in the senior squad next season.
If that proves to be the case, Wolves should use the money they accumulate from the sale of Afobe to bring Nmecha to the club on a permanent deal, as he has the potential to grow into a solid Premier League striker in the years to come. With electric pace and a natural eye for goal, Nmecha could become a huge hit at Molineux, so the Wolves hierarchy should take a risk and sign him this summer following Afobe’s departure.
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