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Neal Ardley: AFC Wimbledon’s new strike force will scare defences

14 July 2015

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley believes that the strikeforce he has assembled at Kingsmeadow will scare defences across Sky Bet League 2 this season.

Ardley has signed Lyle Taylor from Scunthorpe United and the addition of the 26-year-old has captured his manager’s imagination.

Taylor joins Tom Elliott in signing for the Dons, and Ardley also has Adebayo Akinfenwa, Adebayo Azeez and youngster George Oakley in his squad.

And Ardley is excited by the potential of his new front line.

“Tom is big, strong and powerful, but Lyle is different,” Ardley told AFC Wimbledon’s official site, speaking of his two new strikers.

“He has very good movement and technique and his finishing is very good. Lyle is also 6ft 2 inches, quick, and he wants to play on the shoulders of defenders.

“He wants to gamble on things and get in behind and that is what we are trying to teach Tom, who has always been a target man. I think they can scare defences and that is what we are looking for.

“I was interested in Lyle as soon as I heard that Scunthorpe might want to let him go because they were bringing in other strikers. I must have watched footage from between 10 to 12 games and the more I watched the more it convinced me that he was a player I wanted to sign.

“They were first choices in terms of the strikers we were trying to bring in. There were times when I felt we were not going to get either of them, but we have shown a lot of patience.”

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