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Ayoub Assal named EFL Young Player of the Month for November

10 December 2022

A fine November for Ayoub Assal, coupled with a tremendous month for AFC Wimbledon, has seen the 20-year-old named the EFL Young Player of the Month.

November 2022 could be a watershed moment for Ayoub Assal.

The 20-year-old entered the month with 18 senior goals to his name and finished it with 23. That's more than 20% of his career goals coming in a 30-day period.

Actually, a 19-day period to be precise.

Assal played five games for AFC Wimbledon between 1 November and 19 November, scoring in every single one of them, contributing to two League Two victories, draws in the Papa Johns Trophy and the FA Cup, and a success in a cup replay against Weymouth.

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His Club picked up two league wins and a draw across November, earning boss Johnnie Jackson the award of Manager of the Month – the draw was the only game Assal missed in that period.

It is the sort of form that has Dons fans excited at what the Maidstone-born attacker can achieve going forward, in this season and the seasons beyond.

“It’s a great achievement to win this award. It’s a compliment to myself for the work I’ve put in and also a compliment to the Club and to the team," he said.

"We’ve really kicked on over the past few months and this is the cherry on the top.

“I definitely feel like I’m playing my best football at the moment but as I always say, there’s still room for improvement. I can sharpen up in the final third off the ball but I’m getting there, slowly and gradually."

A tweaking of position could well be behind his uptick in form, starting the season in a central position, Jackson has shifted the youngster out to the left wing more recently, and he is reaping the benefits.

Starting out in the Millwall youth system, Assal moved to Wimbledon in 2011 to join the Under-12 setup.

Loan moves to non-league with Metropolitan Police and Billericay Town steeled him for life in the EFL, before his Dons debut came in the Papa Johns Trophy in September 2020.

Assal has now notched up 93 senior appearances for Wimbledon, and he is still 40 days short of his 21st birthday.

"Wherever the gaffer plays me, I’m happy to do a job," he added. "He has been really keen to tell me to take my opportunities when I have had the chance to shoot.”


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