'Sow is one of best strikers in League 1' says Neilson

Osman Sow
Osman Sow

Robbie Neilson believes every manager in League 1 would gladly take his striker Osman Sow.

The Swede joined Dons this summer and scored on his debut against Gillingham. After suffering an injury not long afterwards, Sow has gone on to make five more appearances for the club, but is yet to find the back of the net again.

Sow found the net on his Dons debut. Pic: MKDons.com

Sow found the net on his Dons debut. Pic: MKDons.com

Neilson believes Sow is still chasing the rest of the team in terms of fitness levels following his move from China, but says the 27-year-old has all the qualities of being one of the division's top marksmen,

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He said: "Every team in this league would take Osman Sow because he has all the attributes you need. It's now about finding the back of the net, but it will come.

"You can see the quality in Osman. He's a good presence, has good pace and great feet. The players trusted him straight away and gave him the ball.

"I still think he's chasing his fitness after his time in China, but when he's fit again you'll see we have a very good player."

Chances have been few and far between for the striker in recent weeks though. While Gboly Ariyibi has scored three times in the last three from the flanks, opportunities for Sow and indeed strike partner Ryan Seager have been scant.

Having shored up the defence of late with two clean sheets in a row, Neilson believes his side will get used to playing with two strikers.

He explained: "We're still working on getting quality in to the strikers and decision making in certain areas. It's something we discussed after Tuesday night's game. We've got good players but we have to get them into the right areas and the decision making from a deeper area has to be better.

"We made the decision to go 4-4-2 for a few games, so you get more from your strikers but less from your full-backs. When you play one up, you get more from the full backs but less from the strikers. It's a balance between the two."