New loan signing on joining Wimbledon
Kwesi Appiah believes he can settle in quickly at AFC Wimbledon after linking-up with a few familiar faces and hearing about Neal Ardley’s plans to get the best out of him.
During his first interview for Dons Player shortly after signing on loan from Crystal Palace, Kwesi spoke about recapturing the form that made him such a hot property during a previous loan spell at Cambridge United (Kwesi is pictured in action for the U’s earlier this season).
The striker, who is likely to be pitched straight in for his debut at Mansfield tomorrow, has previously played alongside Danny Hylton, Luke Moore and Jake Nicholson for other teams and he says this can only help his cause.
“It did not take much to convince me to come here,” said Kwesi. “After speaking to the manager and Crystal Palace, I knew it was the right move. I already know players at the club so that should help me settle in. I played with Danny Hylton at Aldershot and I know Luke Moore from Ebbsfleet United days when I was just breaking into the first-team. Jake was on trial at Palace too and he’s a good mate of mine.
“I have heard that Wimbledon is a good club and it’s an exciting place to be. Hopefully I can impose myself on the team and make it a bit more exciting. I had a good pre-season at Crystal Palace, but then I went out on loan to Cambridge, where I did well. After going back to Palace I signed a new contract and had another loan spell at Notts County. I just want to play football and I am grateful to the manager here for giving me this opportunity. Hopefully, I can repay him on the pitch.”
Kwesi earned his chance with Palace two years ago after a prolific spell at Margate and he believes he’s ready to realise his potential after gaining experience with Football League clubs since. But what type of player will the Dons be getting for the rest of this season?
“I have a lot of things in my game; I can run down the channels or get in behind, play off a striker or link-up with another forward. I’ve a lot of pace to burn. I hope to score some goals here and give what I can to help the team. Hopefully that happens and we win games. I am looking forward to travelling with the team to Mansfield and the game on Saturday.”
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