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Posted Thursday, August 8th 2019

Afobe joins City on season-long loan

City have added to their forward firepower with the loan signing of Benik Afobe from Stoke City.

Afobe arrives in BS3 on a season-long loan and the Robins do have the option to purchase the Democratic Republic of Congo international.

His arrival was confirmed on transfer deadline day and speaking of his latest recruit, City Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton said: “Benik Afobe’s arrival is very exciting for everyone here. We have worked hard to get the signing completed and I am pleased to welcome him to Ashton Gate.

“We have already added quality across the pitch and this was another area we wanted to strengthen further as we strive to achieve our ambitions.

“Benik is someone we have watched for some time: he has a lot of experience, he’s proved his eye for goal and I am excited to see what he will do for Bristol City this season.”

Looking ahead to working with his new striker Head Coach Lee Johnson said: “Benik is a proven goalscorer who will add to our attacking force this season. We believe he can find a home with us and we can provide him with the right environment for his goal-scoring ability.”

Afobe, 26, has scored 81 times at the nine different clubs he has represented during his career to date and in 2017/18 he helped fire Wolves to promotion to the Premier League.  

His career began at Arsenal, where he signed his first professional contract in 2010. His development continued with loan spells at Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons before he secured a permanent move to Wolves in January 2015.

After scoring 22 times from 46 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship, Afobe earned his move to the top flight with AFC Bournemouth. He would return on loan to Wolves before a permanent move back to the Midlands club.

He then spent the first half of last season on loan at Stoke City, signing for the Potters in January. He would end the campaign as the club’s top goalscorer.

Afobe is London-born, he represented England at youth level and he has gone on to represent the Democratic Republic of Congo national side.

He links up with Johnson’s team immediately as preparations for Birmingham City continue.

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