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Can this £10 million man really save Bournemouth from relegation?

Although the 2015/16 campaign hasn’t exactly proven smooth sailing for Eddie Howe and his stubborn Cherries outfit thus far, no one could accuse AFC Bournemouth of taking their duties lightly when it comes to avoiding the ever-dreaded threat of relegation this term.

 

Very few within the English footballing community admittedly gave Howe’s side much of a fighting chance at the start of the season, and although the Vitality Stadium faithful have every reason to be proud of their team for their recent exploits in 2015/16, successfully maintaining their position among the Premier League will seemingly prove a tough ask for Bournemouth right until the very end.

 

However, now that former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker – Benik Afobe – has recently become the club’s record signing at a reported £10 million this January, does Eddie Howe finally have enough fire-power on board to save his side from the drop this season?

 

Well, despite failing to possess the most established reputation among the English top-flight this term, Benik Afobe could potentially be the answer AFC Bournemouth have been looking for recently, with a fair amount of luck and fortune solidly on the front-man’s side that is…

 

The Vitality Stadium faithful were obviously dealt a huge blow when news of Callum Wilson’s long-term injury initially broke at the beginning of the season – and although Eddie Howe’s side have certainly fought on admirably since that particular point – scoring goals among the Premier League has subsequently become a much harder task for Bournemouth when all is said and done.

 

But that is where the recently acquired Benik Afobe seemingly comes in however. The 22-year-old striker most definitely had a campaign to remember throughout the course of last season – albeit amid the Championship of course – and looks like he could well represent a somewhat promising asset in these early stages of his career.

 

The former Milton Keynes Dons loanee has proven effective when running at defenders in seasons past, his physical nature in front of goal has often been the subject of great praise from the Wolves faithful, and when it comes providing his manager with a willing pair of legs inside the final third on most given occasions – this is a player who usually fails to disappoint.

 

However, does that make Benik Afobe truly worthy of his £10 million price tag with all things fairly taken into account? Arguably not…

 

Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, this certainly feels like somewhat of a panic buy from AFC Bournemouth this January. Although every team wants to solidify their position among the English top-flight as much as they possibly can, Eddie Howe’s side have recently spent roughly £17 million on the combined likes of Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban in recent weeks, which simply seems like an incredible waste of resources in the cold light of day.

 

We have already witnessed the aforementioned Afobe produce a mix bag of results for Bournemouth this term – and whilst the 22-year-old Englishman could potentially blossom into a real top talent in the not too distant future – the player in question just doesn’t resemble anything close to the finished article right in the here and now.

 

So then, although AFC Bournemouth have certainly served to put their money where their mouth is this January, it ultimately seems as if the Cherries have taken a massive risk in the recent £10 million capture of Benik Afobe…

 

…but if his goals eventually prove enough to keep his side free from relegation this season, then that particular transfer fee will seemingly be forgotten rather quickly in and around the Vitality Stadium itself. 

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