Wolves pulled off a great deal when offloading Benik Afobe for a reported £12million back in January last year. The Wanderers initially signed the London-born striker in 2015, but it seemed he wasn’t quite cutting the mustard at Molineux.
It’s a strange subject as in fact, Afobe wasn’t exactly shy in front of goal and made an immediate impact after joining from Arsenal’s youth side. In just half a season, the forward started every single Championship match for Wolves at the back-end of the 2014/15 season. In 21 appearances, Afobe tallied an impressive 13 goals and five assists (via Transfermarkt).
Despite a promising opening campaign under Kenny Jackett, the DR Congo international was sold to Bournemouth just a year later. But for poor Afobe, the two clubs would simply pass him back and forth over the span of two years.
The Wanderers pocketed £11.9million for the initial sale, before re-signing him in the summer of 2018 following short loan spell that started in the January. However, he wasn’t bought to help bolster the team’s ranks, as he was loaned back out from Molineux the very next day.
Loan side Stoke City eventually bought Afobe, paying Wolves the £12million for his services. In the small window Wolves welcomed their striker back, he was clearly trying to make an impression in hopes that this time, under new management, he would be given a chance. But despite netting six times in 16 games, he was moved on once again.
There was something that clearly didn’t catch the eye of the Wolves board whilst Afobe was on their books. Unfortunately for him, it resulted in a confusing few years of being passed to and from different clubs where he never really settled. Even after his move to Stoke, it wasn’t long before he was being sent out on loan again – once to Bristol City and most recently to Trabzonspor.
Whilst it may have cost a lot of lost morale for the player, the club’s eye for a profit is certainly not one you can knock, especially considering that he is now worth just £5.4m.