44 touches, 3 shots, none on target: Uninspiring debut for Arsenal loanee

Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls

Benik Afobe struggled to impress for Sheffield Wednesday in a fiery debut against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.

England under-21 striker Benik Afobe may be coming back from a serious injury, however, he will need to step up his game after leaving Wednesday fans uninspired on first viewing. 

The Arsenal striker joined Millwall on loan late last season but had the deal cancelled after just one month due to a knee injury that he had to undergo surgery for. Afobe later returned to training eight-months on from the initial injury and still looks somewhat short of full fitness according to spectators from the game.

Afobe hopes to get a regular run of games at Sheffield Wednesday and find his feet at Championship level after flattering to deceive at Reading, Bolton and Millwall  previously. 

The 20-year-old has played 25 games at Championship level over a three year spell but has only managed to find the net on two occasions, both on loan at Bolton. 

It was a difficult game for Afobe to ease into as no less than 65 tackles were made, including three red cards, making it the most aggressive in the Championship at the weekend. 

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Afobe, number 28, was primarily positioned behind big target man Atdhe Nuhiu but unfortunately couldn't make more of an impact on the game against a relegation rival that finished with just nine men on the pitch. Although it has to be noted that Mellis was sent off after Afobe was subbed for Jermaine Johnson [who was also sent off]. 

The England U21 striker made just 44 touches in 70 minutes on the pitch, the third least in Sheffield Wednesday's first XI.

Along with that he misfired three shots, with none hitting the target and made just 23 passes, creating no goalscoring opportunities. 

Wednesday are now coming into a ridiculously busy period with six games in the next 24 days, including tough games such as Reading, Derby and QPR.

So Stuart Gray will need all his players to be at 100% - Especially Afobe, signed as a replacement for recently departed 8 goal in 12 game loanee Connor Wickham. 

Will Afobe be a success at Wednesday?

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