In the pantheon of great contemporary Wolves strikers, Benik Afobe would certainly rank in my top three.
If you discount the godlike Steve Bull on the grounds that this is for mere-mortals, Benik would probably sit between Dean Sturridge and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, with Steven Fletcher somewhere further behind.
The methodology used here was simple: When presented with a chance, you just knew that these players would score. Pound for pound, Sturridge was arguably the most unerring.
That tantalising air of inevitability – be it sidefoot, dink, lob or laces – seemed to envelop these players in a golden hue where it mattered most, where all others would fail to convince. For once, a YouTube montage would probably do justice.
With all this in mind, having Benik Afobe back in a Wolves shirt can only be a fantastic bit of business and one worth stopping up until midnight to savour with the insufferable Jim White.
Just like when Benik would be played through on goal, I just sensed that the Sky Sports reporter down at Bournemouth would utter the words that we’ve all been waiting for – and so it proved in a brief moment to encapsulate a season.
The success our new no19 enjoyed in Jackett’s 4-2-3-1 system will surely stand a chance of being trumped by an even greater yield when operating in Nuno’s 3-4-3, as he’ll function at the very fulcrum of the formation, in way more meaningful areas of the pitch. At times during his first stint, I felt that an obvious goalscoring talent was slightly peripheral as he worked in a less threatening role behind Dicko, making his fantastic goal return ever more impressive. (By the end of that 78pt season, I actually felt Kenny should have played in tandem in a 4-4-2 in a bingo-or-bollocks assault, but I digress).
Shorn of Sako, van la Parra and Dicko for his second season, it was a wonder he scored 10 goals, with a dark cloud hanging over his exit.
For the here and now, I can’t see how Afobe can’t be a success if the likes of Jota, Cavaleiro, Costa and co stay fit. In fact, he should absolutely feast on the service, on the presumption that he’s still the same player we remember so fondly before he left.
But back to his initial exit before we all check that YouTube montage and salivate over the weekend…
…Am I alone in feeling like Afobe deserves a chance to set the record straight, having incurred the wrath of Moxey and Thelwell when leaving? Ok, so Fosun have righted a lot of wrongs since the asset-stripping regime of Morgan, but does this vindicate their attempts to rewrite history?
Like Matt Jarvis and even Robbie Keane before him, Jez Moxey was all too quick to paint a picture of a mercenary money-grabber to create a narrative to pacify the masses.
Speaking to an apathetic fans’ parliament, which I distinctly remember with bitterness, Thelwell said: “Benik was no longer trying to play for us. That was undermining everything we were trying to achieve.”
Afobe responded: “I wasn’t going to comment but this is too shocking and very hurtful. I did my best.”
Most will say it’s water under the bridge and lap up Benik’s second debut on Saturday. But before we all sing his name, a chance to have his say is just the right and proper thing to do, is it not?
Irrespective, I welcome him back with open arms in a deal that can only be seen as a win-win for all concerned.