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THREE TO WATCH: AFC WIMBLEDON

7 April 2017

Take a look at the potential threats in the ranks of Saturday's opponents, AFC Wimbledon.

#33 - Lyle Taylor - Striker

The twenty-seven-year-old forward is AFC Wimbledon's joint leading goalscorer this season, with thirteen goals in SkyBet League One so far this season.

Now in his second season with the Dons, the striker scored twenty-three goals last season to help AFC Wimbledon gain promotion via the play-offs, with Taylor scoring in both the play-off semi-final and the final.

Taylor hit the ground running this season, scoring nine goals between the start of the season and Christmas, with his goals helping AFC Wimbledon to finish 2016 in 11th position.

To date, the striker averages a goal every 238 minutes and has also contributed five assists this season. In recent weeks the striker has bagged goals in his side's victories over MK Dons and Rochdale.

#10 - Dominic Poleon - Striker

A summer signing from Oldham Athletic, the forward, who can also play as a winger, has eleven league goals this season.

After beginning his career in the youth departments of Chelsea and then Southend United, it was a move to Leeds United that resulted in the striker getting a first taste of first-team football, making his debut during a League Cup tie against Shrewsbury at the start of the 2012/13 season.

During his spell at Leeds, the forward experienced loan moves at both Bury and Sheffield United, before making a permanent switch to Oldham Athletic in 2014.

A two-season spell at Oldham meant the striker made over sixty appearances for the club, before being signed by Neal Ardley in the summer. 

The forward enjoyed a goal spell of early season form, scoring five goals in four outings between August and September, scoring a brace in AFC Wimbledon's 3-0 victory over Swansea in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Poleon regularly makes appearances in games as a second-half substitute, with his last goal coming in AFC Wimbledon's victory over Scunthorpe.

#9 - Tom Elliott - Striker

A former England youth player, the twenty-six-year-old striker has thirteen goals to his name, level with his attacking partner, Lyle Taylor. 

Starting his career at his hometown club of Leeds United, the striker progressed through the academy to make his first-team debut under Dennis Wise at the age of just sixteen.

After signing professional terms at Elland Road, the forward has loan spells at Macclesfield, Bury and Rotherham United, before signing for Hamilton Academical on a short-term deal in January 2011.

After a brief stint in Scotland, Elliott joined Stockport County for the 2011/12 season and finished the season as the joint-leading goalscorer, with eight goals over the course of the season.

After rejecting the opportunity to stay with Stockport, the striker joined Cambridge United in May 2012 and made over seventy-five appearances, scoring just under thirty goals.

The striker scored six goals last season as the Dons successfully negotiated the play-offs to gain promotion and has found the net regularly this season, opening his account in early September against Sheffield United.

This campaign the striker has averaged a goal every 225 minutes played, with his last goal coming in a 1-1 draw against Bolton at the Macron Stadium.


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