Benik Afobe was a key figure in the second half of Wolves’ season.
The 25-year-old joined Wolves on loan from Bournemouth in January. He came at a key time because Leo Bonatini had stopped scoring and the club didn’t have another experienced striker to rely on; Rafa Mir was still adjusting to the club and Diogo Jota isn’t naturally suited to that position.
His arrival helped Wolves maintain their consistency in the league because they finished in first place with 99 points to secure promotion to the Premier League. Afobe worked well as a front three alongside two of either Jota, Ivan Cavaleiro or Helder Costa.
Afobe made 16 league appearances for the club, with six goals and one assist in that time. These goals directly secured two points for the club, but three of his goals were the second Wolves goal of the match and helped extend their lead over the opposition which is hard to statistically measure in terms of importance. Nine of his appearances were as a substitute as well, so he was often brought on to finish off opponents and secure games.
His shot volume was low to say he was the focal point of the attack because he averaged 1.8 per game, and his shot accuracy was high at 42%. Therefore, he is efficient with the service to him, and a side built around his goalscoring threat could work well in the Championship.
He was also effective with his passing because he averaged 85.8% and the majority of that will have come in the final third. Therefore, he would be an excellent signing for Stoke because he has the intelligence and goal threat to work in a number of systems with Gary Rowett being a manager who can get the best out of him.
The Potters will need a striker who can fire them straight back up to the Premier League, and Afobe fits the bill if Wolves are willing to let him go after activating the option to sign him permanently.