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The key to Wycombe’s unlikely promotion hopes – opinion

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Cited by the bookies prior to the season as one of the favourites for relegation, Wycombe Wanderers have completely torn the book up so far this season, with the Chairboys having so far recorded three wins and three draws in their first six games, currently sitting in fifth position

Gareth Ainsworth’s team have performed excellently so far with the Chairboys having only conceded four goals thus far, showing a defensive steeliness that they lacked for large periods of last season.

However, despite only letting in four goals, they have struggled to find the back of the net themselves with Wanderers only scoring six so far this term.

It is this goalscoring burden that will no doubt be carried again on the shoulders of veteran frontman, Adebayo Akinfenwa, who at the age of 37 is still considered to be one of League One’s best finishers, having scored 191 goals in 621 games throughout his career to date.

Operating as a target man in Ainsworth’s 4-3-2-1 formation, Akinfenwa provides a superb outlet for the Chairboys, with the striker using his aerial prowess to win flick ons for his teammates, a trait of his game that has led to him registering just two shy of 90 assists throughout his career, a good figure for a goalscorer.

A good example of this skill was seen in the 2014-2015 season, with Akinfenwa assisting his then strike partner Matt Tubbs when playing for AFC Wimbledon against Luton Town with a flicked header.

The six foot one frontman is best known for his strength and hold up play, with Akinfenwa regularly holding the ball up and laying it off to his teammates, a tactic that has proven a success so far for Wycombe this season, with the striker liking up well with fellow forwards Scott Kashket and Fred Onyedinma so far this season.

Akinfenwa also provides good defensive cover for Wycombe when they are defending corners, with the striker regularly taking up a position in the six yard box in front of goalkeeper Ryan Allsop as part of a zonal marking system that Ainsworth has employed this season.

Albeit it not a prolific start, Akinfenwa has enjoyed a decent start to the season, with the big man scoring one and assisting two in his first six league games, whilst also contributing an average of two key passes per game and an average of 10.8 aerial challenges won per game, making him one of the most effective players in the squad so far this season.

Ainsworth will be hoping that Akinfenwa can maintain this high level of form, as it can only aid Wycombe’s surprise charge for the League One play off places this season.


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