Bolton boss Owen Coyle wants young striker Benik Afobe to join his push for promotion by going on loan for the season.
Coyle originally asked for Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi to come back on loan for another season at the Reebok Arena, however Bolton were told that Miyaichi is not available. Coyle has now asked the Gunners to let him have the 19-year-old front man on loan, to add his strength and skill to the Wanderers attack.
Afobe originally caught Wenger’s eye, while he was on the club’s pre-season tour last year, however an injury soon after ruled him out for most of the 2011/12 campaign. The striker then returned with the Gunners on this year’s pre-season tour and it’s understood that Wenger wanted him to stay for Capital Cup (formally known as Carling Cup) matches but now it’s likely he will be sent out on loan for experience and more action.
The England under-19 player is keen to play and Bolton hope that their offer of first team football will appeal to the player and club. The top prospect has already had previous spells with Huddersfield and Reading in his career but now he looks ready to make the step up to playing every week.
Afobe could follow in the footsteps of Arsenal pair Jack Wilshere and Ryo Miyaichi who went to Bolton for first-team football. Coyle wants Afobe as a priority signing, adding to his options of veteran Kevin Davies, Marvin Sordell and David Ngog.
It will be a good move for Afobe, as he won’t get much playing time here, if we intend to challenge for all trophies. It’s also important that Afobe gets more experience that will prepare him for the top level.