Afobe thinks Dons have what it takes

Benik Afobe
Benik Afobe

Benik Afobe has backed his new side to be right in the mix come the end of the season after joining MK Dons on loan from Arsenal.

The 21-year-old was unveiled to the fans at stadium:mk on Monday night ahead of the friendly against Leicester, was given 68 minutes at the top of the attacking trio.

Having played against Dons during his time at Huddersfield Town, Afobe has racked up 79 Football League appearances in his young career, despite missing eight months with a hip injury two years ago.

But after watching his new club against Brackley Town at the weekend, Afobe predicts big things for Dons this year.

He said: “I think Milton Keynes play the best football out of all the teams I’ve played for. I’m really looking forward to the season, and I think we can surprise a few people and be right up there.

“I heard about the interest around 10 days ago, and as soon as I heard, I came to speak to the manager. I was happy with what he said, I like the philosophy, and after watching them play on Saturday, my mind was made up.

“I felt like I’d played with them for a few months, we were all on the same wavelength and hopefully that’ll continue.”

Powerhouse Afobe brings a new element to Dons’ attacking line-up - a different kind of striker to Tom Hitchcock and Will Grigg already on the books for this season.

And Afobe hopes the variety of options Karl Robinson has up front will beneficial.

He said: “Tom Hitchcock was at Crewe and Rotherham, got a few goals and he’s a great finisher. We’re only going to improve that.

“And Will Grigg scored a lot of goals at Walsall. But it’s not just the strikers, it’s the wingers, and the midfielders who will chip in with goals.

“As a striker, you always want to score goals, and hopefully I’ll bring in my fair share.

“Wherever you go, there will be competition, in any occupation. It’s a long season, we’ll all score, we’ll all get time on the pitch. But when it’s my time, I want to do my best and score a few goals.”