Watford boss Rob Edwards says he’s a fan of Stoke City striker Benik Afobe, despite the striker being tipped to join Club Brugge.
Edwards was installed as Watford’s new head coach on May 11th. He’s yet to complete his first signing as Hornets boss but the club are closing in on the signing of striker Vakoun Bayo.
And Watford Observer has quizzed Edwards on the club’s transfer business so far this summer and he says he’s not concerned, whilst also revealing that he’s a fan of Afobe.
“I worked with him [Afobe] at Wolves and he’s the type of player who fits into the style and structure of team that I want to play.
“But there are many other strikers who also fit into that way of playing, and we have a number of options that we are looking at.
“I don’t panic about how many players we have brought in over a certain time frame. I would rather ensure I get the right players for the team and the club. We already have a lot of good players but there are areas where we need to strengthen and that is being worked on.”
Afobe spent last season on loan with Millwall where he scored 12 goals in 38 Championship outings – it was a good season for Afobe who’s struggled a lot with injury over the past few seasons.
But despite his Millwall showing, it looks like Stoke City are ready to offload the player they paid £12million for, with reports backing the 29-year-old to move to Club Brugge.
Interest in Afobe?
Edwards’ comments suggest that Afobe was, or maybe is, a name on their radar. His move to Club Brugge isn’t confirmed just yet and so Watford may still have a chance of signing him, if they are indeed keen on the Stoke City man.
With Bayo set to sign, it’ll give Edwards a good option up top, but it seems like he might fancy another striker signing this summer.
Edwards wants Watford to attack next season, score goals and entertain the fans. The likes of Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr have already attracted attention this summer and so attacking reinforcements may be a necessity this summer.
Someone like Afobe with pace and an eye for goal would be ideal to compliment the style of play that Edwards wants to deploy, and it’ll be interesting to see which similar players might be linked with Watford over the next few weeks.