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2 shots, 2 goals.. The deadly striker hoping to fire Stoke City up the table

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It’s been a tough start to life in the Championship for Gary Rowett’s Stoke City.

They started out as one of the pre-season favourites, a side seemingly bursting with talent that would have too much for all but the very best teams in the division.

Their form hasn’t stuck to that narrative and they currently find themselves in the lower reaches of the division. They should have enough quality to turn the situation around, but a title challenge is looking increasingly less likely.

One of the talents they do have is Benik Afobe, the centre forward controversially signed and sold by Wolves in the space of a few days. He’s got quality in front of goal and the killer instinct needed to keep pushing a team on.

FLW shines a spotlight on his performance this weekend against Sheffield Wednesday.

Stoke had three points snatched from them by Barry Bannan’s free kick, after leading for an hour of an engrossing game. They had raced into a quick lead, just two minutes had elapsed when Afobe struck his first.

The second followed on 22 minutes, the former Arsenal trainee quickly adding his second. Those two goals came from his only two shots on goal.

As the game progressed he found he saw less of the ball, winning just two aerial duels. He managed to make one key pass, as well as 24 normal passes. His success rate was good, 83% of distribution found it’s intended target.

Considering his early double-salvo, things went very quiet for Afobe and he was withdrawn on 87 minutes with the game poised at 2-2.

The lesson to learn for Stoke City is to bring him into the game more. He showed his killer instinct with the only two shots he got, but after that his general involvement dipped. If they get the ball to him in good positions, he will edge them on to better things.


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