Whether it’s in a Dons kit or banging on his drum, Paul Osew has had people moving to his beat this season.
Our popular left-back has made a harmonious transition from in front of the sticks to utilising his talents with a drum kit on Sundays at church. Multi-skilled Paul is aiming to bash out a few more eye-catching performances before the season ends, picking up when Doncaster visit tomorrow.
“Stuff that’s in football can be brought into music,” said Paul. “I’ve got to communicate with my bassist and pianist. You’ve got to get things across! If there’s no communication, then everything is not aligned.
“When I go to church on Sunday, I don’t want to leave the service. I have an eight-piece Mapex drum kit. I love cymbals, I’ve got cymbals everywhere!
“I could stay around after church on Sundays and practice another three hours maximum, going hard at it! Then the next day, I’m straight back into football. Sunday does give you that opportunity to rest your mind from football and relate to God and the drumming side, before switching straight back to training on Monday.
“I mainly play Gospel. Afrobeats – I’m in there! Afro Praise too. I’m still working on different genres. I’ve started looking at jazz, I can play a bit of R&B, but it all comes down to rudiments. You’ve got to always start with the basics.”
Paul has mastered the basics at the back for the Dons, having been converted from his academy days as a striker by Mark Robinson. He’s already passed the 50 appearances mark for Wimbledon and is quick to silence any doubters about his height.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Paul. “I’ve got to where I am, I’ve heard it a lot. When I was on trial at Chelsea, they rejected me because they said I was too small. They said I had blinding pace, but didn't think I had the height.
“You’ve got to use that as the inspiration to prove them wrong. I went to help at a Foundation event the other day and one of the kids asked me had anyone told me that I was too small? I told him that height is not a limit. If you want to get there, you will get there. It’s between you and yourself.”
It’s not just because of his tireless work in defence, or helping down the wing with an attack, that Paul has started to earn the tag of ‘Mr Versatile’.
“I still think about the decision every day,” said Paul. “You can see the benefits of it, but in the last two games I've played in four positions! Right-back, left-back, right midfield and then in the second half I was left mid! I can only praise Robbo for me being called versatile! Now I can play both sides – left and right. Obviously I’m still developing as a player.
“We’ve been through clips where I could improve as a winger, so every day I come in and make sure that I’m ready to learn and ask questions in whichever position.”
Watch an extended interview with Paul Osew via the video link below, to our official YouTube channel.