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Afobe: Opportunity to work under Howe will ensure I continue to progress

Posted: Sun 10 Jan 2016

New signing Benik Afobe says he joined AFC Bournemouth because he believes working under the tutelage of Eddie Howe will enable him to continue his rapid development as a player.

The 22-year-old became Howe’s second signing of the January transfer window, after he put pen-to-paper on a four-and-a-half year deal at Vitality Stadium earlier today.

The powerful front-man has spent the majority of his career out on loan, before he completed a permanent move to Championship side Wolves last year.
But after netting 23 times in 48 appearances, Afobe says once his performances had caught the eye of the Cherries boss, he knew working under him was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“I’m delighted. It’s been a long time coming and I am just very thankful the manager has given me this chance and opportunity to be at this Premier League club and I can’t wait to get going,” he told Cherries Player HD.
“I have done a lot for someone that’s only 22. I’ve had injuries, I’ve been out on loan to six different clubs, so I’ve played for a lot of different clubs in my young career so far.
“I’ve learned a lot definitely - good things and bad things - and I’m just going to take it all on board and keep improving while I’m here at Bournemouth.
“The manager here is a young manager so he obviously understands how young players think.
“He just wants to get the best out of me and that’s what I want to do.
“I have come here and I’m not saying I’m the finished article or the best that I’ll ever be, because I know that I’ve got a lot to work on.
“I’m willing to work hard to keep improving and learning from the manager and all the staff and my team mates.
“I’m going to try and repay the faith he’s shown in me by scoring goals and helping the team win games.”
Afobe’s first training session on the south coast will be this Monday (11th January), when he will meet his new team-mates for the first time.
And with Premier League matches against West Ham United and Norwich City in the next seven days, the new signing says he hopes to hit the ground running.
“It happened to me last season when I signed for Wolves in January and there was just two or three days' training sessions, and then there was a game and I was lucky enough to score on my debut,” he explained.
“I think it’s better sometimes. If you sign in pre-season, you still have six weeks until the league season starts but now I know that I’m ready to play on Tuesday.
“I’m looking forward to it and I’m definitely ready because I haven’t missed a game this season.
“I feel fresh, I feel strong, I feel physically fine and I’m mentally strong as well, so I’m ready to go.” 

The full, exclusive interview with Afobe is available to watch now on Cherries Player HD.

The likeable front man discusses his move to the south coast, his background at Arsenal and his hopes for the future.

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