THE youngest member of Huddersfield Town’s likely play-off side is taking inspiration from the oldest as Saturday’s big first leg at Bournemouth looms.
On-loan Arsenal striker Benik Afobe, 18, says keeper Ian Bennett, 39, has proved the perfect role model during his time at the Galpharm.
“Benno’s been brilliant,” said Afobe, who fired his eighth Town goal during Saturday’s 4-4 home draw with Brentford.
“He’s taught me so much about how to be a professional footballer. He’s the first to arrive for training and the last to leave.
“And he is always ready to take time out with us younger players, passing on tips and advice, for which we’re all grateful.”
A League I promotion winner with both Peterborough and Birmingham, Bennett also played for Blues in the 2000-01 Championship play-offs.
Afobe is looking forward to his first taste of the post-season competition, saying: “With the players we’ve got, there’s nothing to fear.
“We’ve got plenty of power, pace, skill and goals in our game, and if going 25 league games unbeaten doesn’t give you the confidence to believe you can win promotion, something’s wrong.
“We respect Bournemouth totally, but we can beat anyone on our day. We’re not complacent, but now is a time for confidence and self-belief.”
England junior international Afobe aims to add to 32 Town appearances and added: “My time here has been so important for me. To have played so many games at my age is brilliant, and I would love to win promotion.”