Benik Afobe has made an up and down start to his season-long loan spell at Millwall.
The 28-year-old arrived with a big reputation as the Lions have struggled so much in the final third in recent years. Three goals in 15 appearances is probably a little bit below par in terms of the goal tally the club were hoping Afobe would produce but there are signs he could improve.
Gary Rowett hinted that the club would be interested in making Afobe’s deal permanent when he spoke to News At Den.
He said: “I think anyone that’s done well for us we would always look at the potential of signing them.
“Whether that’s possible depends because if someone comes and does fantastically well, someone like Benik, if he comes and scores 15 or 20 goals then it could be very difficult to keep them.
“We’re always open to (a permanent deal) and have that in mind.”
Afobe will likely be looking for a new club in the summer with his deal at Stoke City running out and therefore if he can convince the Millwall hierarchy he is worth a punt up top for the foreseeable then South London could be a permanent destination.
By the way he has started it looks unlikely that the former Arsenal man will score 15 or 20 which, by Rowett’s thinking, would make it a more realistic move.
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The chances are that Afobe will not find another English club that will be prepared to match the wages he is on at Stoke. The Potters picked him up as a marquee signing when they were receiving parachute payments. Millwall are often very stringent in the transfer market, they may show an interest in Afobe but he would most likely have to take a pay cut.
The DR Congo international spent last season on loan at Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig, maybe an overseas club would be more willing to splash out on his services.