Benik Afobe: MK Dons boss Karl Robinson 'very good' for me

Wolves striker Benik Afobe has netted eight times in all competitions this season
Wolves striker Benik Afobe is the club's top scorer, having netted eight times in all competitions this season

Wolves top scorer Benik Afobe will cross swords with one of the biggest influences of his young career when MK Dons visit Molineux on Saturday.

This time last year, Afobe was on loan from Arsenal scoring 19 goals for Karl Robinson's Dons to earn an eventual League One promotion medal.

It caught Wolves' eye, earning Afobe a January move to Molineux, for which he is quick to credit his old MK boss.

"He was very good to me. He really helped me," Afobe, 22, told BBC WM.

"He spoke to me a lot, especially during my first two months there. He's a very good manager. I think he'll go a long way in the game.

Dons know how to win at Molineux
MK Dons have visited Molineux just once before, briefly disrupting Wolves' League One title-winning season in December 2013 with a 2-0 away victory after goals from Patrick Bamford and Ben Reeves.

"He's unique, in that he didn't really play football and to be a manager at under 35 in any league is also different. But he understands how players feel. He's a players' manager. He really studies being a manager and being a coach and what players like and don't like.

"Everyone has respect for him. He's a nice guy. He speaks to you whether you're a 15-year-old coming though or 33 and coming to the end of your career.

"As a young manager, he's still got a lot to learn, but I think he's going to have a very good career in management."

Wolves will start Saturday's Championship game in 14th, just five points above Robinson's Dons, who are in the relegation zone in 22nd.

Afobe still knows the way to goal

Afobe has played in a few different roles across the front line for Wolves this season, finding goals less easy to come by following the summer exit of Bakary Sako and the early season disruption caused by the loss of Nouha Dicko with a season-long knee injury.

But he has still scored eight times, rescuing a point in the 2-2 draw at Ipswich on 21 November - and seven of them have come in the league.

Allied to the 13 he scored following his arrival in mid-January, it has enabled him to complete the rare haul of 20 Championship goals for Wolves inside a calendar year.

Benik Afobe was talking to BBC WM's Mike Taylor.

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