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Millwall close in on Benik Afobe deal

Milwall are closing in on a deal to bring Benik Afobe to The Den this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a claim made by The Sun journalist Justin Allen, who revealed in a post on Twitter that the signing of the Stoke City centre-forward on a season-long loan deal will be confirmed by Gary Rowett’s side at some point on Thursday.

The Lions manager had previously made it clear he was looking to bring in attacking additions to his squad in the summer transfer window, in order to bolster his options ahead of Millwall’s upcoming Championship campaign.

Is Afobe a good signing for Millwall?

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Yes

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Big mistake

While Rowett’s intentions regarding adding greater depth to Millwall’s front line this summer are all well and good, it is an easy argument to make that Afobe is not the most prolific of forwards the 47-year-old could have brought The Den ahead of next season.

Indeed, over the 28-year-old’s 28 Super Lig appearances while on loan at Trabzonspor last term, the £1.62m-rated man scored five goals, registered no assists and created no big chances for his teammates, as well as missing two big chances and taking an average of just 0.3 shots on target per game.

These metrics saw the £30k-per-week striker earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.74, ranking him as Abdullah Avci’s eighth-worst performer in the top flight of Turkish football.

This poor return of goals would not appear to be a one-off for the man Nuno Espirito Santo dubbed an “important” player, with Afobe having only reached double-figure league goals in a season on one occasion in his entire career, scoring 10 goals over 22 League One appearances for Milton Keynes Dons in the first half of 2014/15, before bagging 13 goals over 21 Championship appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers after moving to the club in January of 2015.

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As such, considering his extremely hefty weekly wage, a figure that, should Millwall be paying 100% of, will rank him as the club’s biggest earner next season, there may well have been both cheaper and more efficient goalscorers available to Rowett this summer, leading us to believe the striker’s signing could well be a mistake on the part of the Lions manager.

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