Ambler: Jackett's track record key to Afobe's Millwall move

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

KENNY Jackett's track record of developing young Premier League stars was a crucial factor in Benik Afobe's move to Millwall, chief executive Andy Ambler believes.

As revealed by NewsAtDen, Arsenal striker Afobe is joining the Lions on a youth loan until the end of the season and will go straight into the squad to face Blackpool on Saturday.

And Ambler thinks the example set by the likes of Harry Kane, Chris Wood and Adam Smith during their time in South London helped convince the 19-year-old – and the Gunners – of the move.



He said: "Premier League clubs see that we are stable, have the longest-serving manager in the Championship whilst others around us are hiring and firing managers. That does go in our favour.

"Kenny is a very good coach who can develop young players and he's proven in that respect. The top clubs would be silly to ignore Millwall as an option for their players.

"There's no doubt that we've been looking at Benik in the past few transfer windows. For whatever reason, he hasn't come to us and we were disappointed when he went to Bolton in the summer.

"So we're delighted to finally bring Benik to Millwall for the rest of the season. We're hoping our combination of strikers can get us back into the form we were in before Christmas."

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16 thoughts on “Ambler: Jackett's track record key to Afobe's Millwall move

  • February 7, 2013 at 18:08
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    In KJ we trust. COYL!!!

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  • February 7, 2013 at 18:09
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    Once again, I ask the question, what's the point of having a youth system & producing talent like Wilkinson & O'Brien only for us to take & improve another prem side's youth player? I don't see the point of spending £1/2+ million a season on the youth's centre of excellence if our homegrown talent is snubbed in favour of and to the benefit of the mega-rich clubs like Arsenal & Spurs etc. WBA would never have £2 million for Wood had he not been scoring goals for us. Let's play our own, please.

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  • February 7, 2013 at 18:18
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    Good point Bolland.
    What I want to know is where has the money gone that was available for transfers?
    I see that TWO of our physiotherapists have been flown to the USA to oversee Robinson's operation.
    Next time we get someone like Wood in, who's expressed a wish to sign permanently, and is a good fit, perhaps we can sign him permanently before everyone else notices him. Lesson to be learnt and it needs to be learnt quickly.

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  • February 7, 2013 at 18:20
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    Because they are not good enough! The same way afobe isnt good enough for arsenal! Our players need loans to league 1 league 2 clubs to continue their development. Just like marquis needs and I think he will get. Bringing a 18/19/20 year old into a team where he isn't good enough could ruin him.

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    • February 8, 2013 at 10:51
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      I have to say Iam 'fairly' excited at the prospect of Hulse holding the ball up for a young, strong and fast Afobe...I think we should give this combo a chance. On paper, for me anyway, it sounds a good prospect!

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  • February 7, 2013 at 18:30
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    I have great faith in KJ but I think he relies too much on the loan market for quick fixes which don't always come off. I don't see the sense in taking 30+ year old players on loan cos they're only here to collect a wage & don't give flying f*** about 'wall. I accept the likes of hungry young loanees out to impress on a real emergency basis but over the last years we've lived off them almost, far too many loanees have come & gone & we're still taking them in.

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  • February 7, 2013 at 18:30
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    Spot on 82wall. If our youngsters were good enough they would play.

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  • February 7, 2013 at 19:08
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    I don't see out lads being anywhere near good enough! KJ is no mug is the likes of wilkinson and O'brian were good enough they'd be in there... Good move this kids got pace!!

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  • February 7, 2013 at 19:25
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    I say give wilko and obrian a chance i would hate to see them go elsewhere and show the tekkers then lose em i have faith give the young wall give them a shot

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  • February 7, 2013 at 19:34
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    Yea we all would hate that but at the same time we haven't produced any half decent youngsters for years. Why will these 2 be different? I hope they are the heroes of the future I just can't see it. As someone else said, if they were good enough, we'd have seen them by now. Jackett knows a good young player when he sees one hopefully he will turn obrien and wilkinson into stars but they will not develop by playing in front of 10,000 nutters every week. Some of our fans are thick at the best of times and if they see these lads are not good enough they will get on their backs (just like marquis) and any confidence they do have will be shatterd by some p***** up t***** screaming "f*** off you useless c***"

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  • February 7, 2013 at 22:53
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    I'm beginning to think that some people on here are never happy! Football has changed beyond recognition since the Doc took us briefly into the promised land. We are in a healthy league position, have great manager who is widely respected, a chairman with our best interests at heart, a decent team, money to improve if the right players are available, two England U21's in our squad, Ireland's goalie, good youngsters in O'Brien and Wilkinson, who, if handled correctly (ie. not thrown in before they are ready) could be great assets for years to come and are signs that for the first time in a long while we are developing real talent. Yet, despite all this, all some people can do is see the negative. The most disappointing thing for me about the club at the moment is us, the fans. The numbers who turn up, the way some of them behave (dickheads throwing bottles is not 'wall, mugs), and the way that some people turn on their club at the first opportunity! Well done KJ, well done Fordey, well done Aiden, welcome Benik and lastly, well done Millwall - I'm proud of you!!!!!!!

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  • February 8, 2013 at 00:14
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    adsy all the sevens, great points well said. if all millwall supporters had your mentality our club would be formidible, but sadly that is not the case,our club continues to punch way above it's weight mainly due to having a manager far too good for our club and a chairman who does'nt have an itchy trigger finger unlike a lot of his counterparts. the club continues to survive on shirtbuttons and we are mid table just one division from the premier league, yet some of our so called supporters criticise and even suggest replacing our manager,unbelievable. like asdy i'm proud of being a millwall supporter but some of our lot are not worthy of our club

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  • February 8, 2013 at 08:21
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    This lad had a chance to join us in the summer and he opted for Bolton... wrongly thinking they were a better club.
    He realises it isnt and has now joined us.

    Unfortunately he is on my LIST - and will have to work very heard to get off of it.

    Im wondering if he really is any better than Wilkinson or O'Brien.

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  • February 8, 2013 at 08:33
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    Well he is quicker and more powerful so thats a start. Plus he is contracted to one of the best clubs in the world, England u21 international who starts on a regular basis and has played over 50 games at league 1 level Or higher, maybe now is the time for him to step up? Our kids need league 1/2 loans , think about it mate, marquis isn't the grade , and obrien and wilkinson aren't as good as him, YET.

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  • February 8, 2013 at 11:03
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    well said 82, another person talking some common sense

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