Wycombe Wanderers will no doubt be largely resigned to the departure of influential manager Gareth Ainsworth in the not so distant future, with the Chairboys currently occupying second place in the League One table after 12 games this season.
Recent reports from Skysports.com suggest that Ainsworth is now in talks with Championship side Millwall, with the Chairboys boss having been at Adams Park for over five years, it wouldn’t be surprising if he felt the need to move on for a new challenge which will really test his managerial pedigree.
However it must first and foremost be said that Ainsworth deserves immense credit for the job he has done for Wycombe this season, with the club currently sitting in the upper reaches of League One despite many writing them off as relegation fodder at the start of the season due their unpopular direct style of play and allegedly low budget.
A player who has been a big part of Wycombe’s strong form this campaign is veteran front man Adebayo Akinfenwa, who is well known for being a larger than life character in the Football League’s lower divisions.
Akinfenwa has once again proved this season that you should never judge a book by its cover, with the 37-year-old former Swansea City striker having lead the line brilliantly for the Chairboys so far this term.
Here, we take an in-depth look at Akinfenwa’s statistics this season as part of our latest FLW Spotlight article which focuses on the exploits of the big striker…
Akinfenwa has unsurprisingly appeared in all 12 league games for Wycombe this term, with the 37-year-old having found the net five times already this campaign, adding to his substantial career total that already boasts over 150 goals in just over 600 games.
It is perhaps unsurprising that the experienced frontman has once again found a goalscoring streak, with the ex-Wimbledon striker having averaged 2.2 shots per game this term, showing that he provides a constant threat for opposition defences, which is mainly due to his aerial ability.
In addition to his striking responsibilities this season, Akinfenwa also provides a creative outlet for Ainsworth’s largely direct Wanderers side, with the striker laying on two assists for his teammates already this term, which is largely due to the fact he averages 1.6 key passes per game, underlining his importance to the Wycombe attack.
Despite possessing something of a well-built frame, Akinfenwa showcases a first touch that the great Dimitar Berbatov would be proud of, with the popular striker once again showing he can still cut it at Football League level despite turning 37 in May of this year.
In conclusion, League One defenders should underestimate Akinfenwa at their peril this season, with the striker seemingly intent on breaking the 200 career-goals barrier this season.