Afobe Targets Promotion

  • August 06, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton forward Benik Afobe has set his sights on helping the club achieve promotion back to the Premier League.

Afobe joined Wanderers on a season-long loan from Arsenal last week and admitted it was an easy move to make after being recommended to the club by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

"The manager spoke to me at Arsenal and told me that Bolton was interested in me," Afobe told the club's official website. "Once he told me that, my mind was already made up.

"Arsene Wenger said to me that he wanted me to go out on loan and learn, play week in and week out, and help a very good team win promotion back to the Premier League.

"When I met Owen Coyle for the first time, he reaffirmed what Arsene Wenger had said to me. As I say, my mind was already made up, but having spoken to the manager and the chairman here, it only reinforced in my mind that this is the right place for me to be at this stage of my career and I am extremely happy to be here.

"The manager said to me that he likes to give young players a chance because they're hungry and they have a point to prove. Those words have stuck in my head since and when I get my chance hopefully I can take full advantage of it."

Afobe played 45 minutes as Wanderers lost 3-0 at Portsmouth on Saturday and is in contention for a starting role when Coyle takes his side to Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night.

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