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Is Benik Afobe The Goal Scorer We've Been Looking For?

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As Bolton Wanderers beat League One side Tranmere Rovers by a score of 3-1 last night, the real story for both Bolton and Arsenal fans was the performance of young Benik Afobe. The loan signee was given his second taste of preseason action after having come (and nearly scoring) against Portsmouth at the weekend. This time around, Afobe took his chances and took them well, scoring three goals in just 45 minutes. That type of performance begs us to ask if Benik Afobe is just what Bolton Wanderers need to get back to the Premier League.

His first goal came to a defensive mistake from just ten yards out as Benik Afobe pounced on a failed clearance and smashed it home. The goal would not have been possible had Afobe not been making that run inside the box and had he not been waiting for the opportunity. Instinctive.

The second was a result of a great free kick put in the box by Chris Eagles. Again, it was Afobe creating the run and looking for the opportunity. He rose highest above the Tranmere defense to head home. Something that Bolton Wanderers struggled with a lot last season was goals from set pieces. Where once it was the team's calling card, the chances were simply not taken last year. Renewed hope.

Afobe's third goal was the result of some good work at the edge of the box. The forward found space in the center after Kevin Davies had put in some good work advancing the ball. Losing a couple of defenders, Afobe teed up the shot about 18 yards out and hit it hard and low to the far post. Whether he was playing on his confidence or simply has an eye for goal, Benik Afobe can be lethal when he wants to.

The lack of goals scored by forwards last season was a very large factor that contributed to Bolton Wanderers' relegation. Kevin Davies and David Ngog are both very good at holding the ball up in advanced positions but are not the kind to create space for themselves, turn, and shoot. With Benik Afobe in now and Marvin Sordell actually getting a chance, it looks as though Bolton Wanderers will have players to take the created opportunities.

What do you think: is Benik Afobe the answer or should Bolton Wanderers aim to sign at least one more striker?