Dapo Afolayan believes the education he received while at West Ham United has helped him succeed at Bolton Wanderers.The 24-year-old spent three years at the London Stadium before making the loan move to Wanderers in the second half of last season. The loan spell was a success and led to the attacker helping Ian Evatt’s side winning automatic promotion out of League Two and into the third tier of English football. This season, Afolayan has been the star player at Wanderers, scoring eight goals in all competitions so far this campaign.
Afolayan still keeps in touch with people at the Premier League club, and it was demonstrated last month after the big away win against Charlton Athletic when the attacker went into the stands to greet Wanderers chairman Sharon Brittan and West Ham legend Mark Noble. Afolayan revealed that there are people at the Hammers who have wished him well as of late and speaks to friends he made at David Moyes’ side.
And he believes the things he picked up at the Premier League outfit, for whom he scored once for on his only appearance for the Hammers, have helped him since he joined Wanderers in the January transfer window earlier this year.He said: “I’ve got quite a lot of friends back there still and staff as well. I’ve spoken to a few over the last couple of weeks, just general catch ups really.
“There’s people wishing me well and things like that so I think in football, especially when I went there, I think I went there at a time where I made a lot of good friends and I learnt about the game and I learnt a lot about myself and how to become a good professional and I think everything I learnt there has helped me to perform the way I have this season and when I came in January.“It’s a club I’ll always be grateful to and there’s always going to be people at the club that I’m going to keep in contact with and hopefully see soon.”