By Giuseppe Muro
Benik Afobe’s time at Huddersfield has proved hugely beneficial for both parties and now the teenager has set his sights on helping the Terriers win promotion to the Championship.
The pacy frontman initially joined Lee Clark’s side on a one-month loan back in November but, following a fruitful start to life in the North-West, that was extended until the end of the season.
Afobe has put a recent injury behind him and started three of Huddersfield’s last four games, scoring the opener against Rochdale to set his loan club on the way to an important 2-1 win on March 8.
Huddersfield currently occupy the final automatic promotion spot in League One and Afobe would love to help them into the second tier of English football before returning to Arsenal in the summer.
“It would be nice to get promoted, it would be the first thing [I have achieved] in my first-team career,” he told Arsenal.com. “It would be nice to do that and hopefully it will happen because I felt settled there after two weeks, it’s getting better and better there.
“I’ve been training quite well recently, my injury has finished now so I am getting more of a chance. It’s been hard because we have five strikers but I’ve been training well and the gaffer has been picking me. I just want to repay him by doing a job on the pitch.
“You want to be starting every game and when you start more games, you gain confidence and the goals come.”
Afobe has formed a partnership with Scotland Under-21 international Jordan Rhodes and the pair have scored an impressive 22 goals between them this season. Afobe admits they compliment each other well.
“The more we play together, the more we understand each other which is good for the team,” he added.
“We work well together because I like to run the lines and he plays a bit more central. We are similar in that we both like to score goals and attack defences. I think it works well having two strikers like that.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 25 Mar 2011