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Bayo: we can be formidable

21 June 2014

New striker on a partnership with Matt Tubbs

Adebayo Akinfenwa says he won’t mind losing out in the scoring stakes to Matt Tubbs if it means that the pair create a “formidable” partnership for AFC Wimbledon.

During an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, “Bayo” spoke passionately about making a key difference for Wimbledon in League 2 next season after turning down a chance to continue playing League 1 football with Gillingham.

“I would like to think that other strike partners look forward to playing with me,” said the experienced striker. “My game is not just about scoring goals, it’s about bringing other players into play. Matt can be top scorer, I’m okay with that! I’ve played against him quite a few times and I respect him as a player. He’s a very good player and hopefully we can provide a formidable partnership next season.

“I’ve been in the game for a long time and if you cannot take the pressure then you’re in the wrong job. Hopefully I can bring my game, attitude and character to help the team do big things next season. People say I’ve literally got big shoulders, but I like that because I want to be the focal point. I want to carry the team. I want to also help the youngsters through if I can. When you get a bit older you start cherishing your football a bit more and I’m really looking forward to a new challenge next season.”

Adebayo added that advice from Dons promotion heroes Danny Kedwell and Steven Gregory further convinced him to sign for Wimbledon – and he has big ambitions to take the club further forward.

“I spoke to Danny and Steven and they could not speak highly enough about the club,” said the former Northampton striker. “I’ve also played against Wimbledon a few times and unfortunately scored against you a few times! I get on well with ‘Keds’ and he told that me that Wimbledon is a great family club. He enjoyed it immensely and his elation about the club made me feel that I’d made the right decision. I hope the fans show me love because I’m looking to show them love.

“The manager was massive for me in coming here with his vision and the way he wants the team to play. We’re not there just to make up the numbers next season. It’s going to be a tough league because the quality of players is getting better and better, but from day one we’ll be going into it looking to do something and hopefully we can do great things.”

The full seven-minute exclusive interview with Adebayo appeared on Dons Player yesterday, along with an in-depth interview with Neal Ardley.


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