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Dapo’s decision signals a red alert for goals!

Forward on staying with the Dons

3 September 2021

Dapo Mebude is determined to hit the goal trail again after deciding to put Wimbledon first for the game versus Oxford United on Saturday.

Instead of being away on international duty with Scotland Under-21s, Dapo will be at Plough Lane and aiming to build upon that goal on his Dons league debut versus Bolton.

“I’m always proud to represent Scotland, but due to circumstances and the world at the moment Turkey is on the red list,” said Dapo. “I could have gone and played, but it would have meant that I had to quarantine when I came back, which would have resulted in me missing a lot of games here. It made more sense to stay. There are a lot of big games coming up, so I don’t want to miss too much.

“Right now, I just need to find the cutting edge, a killer instinct. It’s all good beating men and doing well, but it needs to turn into an end product with goals and assists.

“I am loving it here, working under the gaffer has been good. There are a lot of young boys in the squad, which has made it easier for me to settle in as well. There’s a good group here, so I think the gaffer trusts the team. We just need to do what we can to repay him, as there’s a lot of trust put in us. As a player, when you’ve got that freedom to express yourself I think it’s good.”

Speaking ahead of the big game versus Oxford on Saturday, Dapo talked passionately about rewarding our fans for all their great support over the years – especially after hearing more from them at the kit sponsors’ dinner on Tuesday.

“It was the first game back with fans after 30 years, and it felt like 20,000 or 30,000 were there. It was a great atmosphere and scoring in front of them was good. I have loved playing in front of the fans. We just need to impose our style on the opposition and see where it takes us.

“One of the big things the gaffer told me when I was joining was how fan-based the club is. It’s a massive thing to interact with the fans, and to clap them after all the matches to show that appreciation for their support. Spending time with the fans the other night was great, so hopefully we can continue to please them on the pitch.

“The end result (at Ipswich) showed that we can go to these places and score goals and compete, but I think we need to start like we finished and we will be fine.”

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