Sow's Scottish experience is helping him at MK Dons
Osman Sow is finding life in England very similar to his Scottish experience north of the border.
The Swede made the switch from Scotland to China last year, but moved back to these shores to reunite with his former Hearts boss Robbie Neilson at MK Dons.
After nearly a month in Milton Keynes, Sow has made six appearances for Dons, scoring once - the winner in his debut against Gillingham.
“It’s quite similar to Scotland – every game is competitive,” explained Sow, speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News. “It’s a tough schedule with so many games but I’m enjoying it. It’s physical but every day I’m feeling better.
“I’m glad I made this move. I had a little injury but I’m over that now. I hadn’t played games over the summer so I came here a little bit late and missed pre-season. I have a little bit of catching up to do but I’m feeling better each day.
“The league is very competitive but I think we have a really good chance to do something. We didn’t have the start we wanted but lately we’ve picked up more points. Getting injured players back has helped so we just need to believe in what we’re doing."
The 27-year-old enjoyed a rich vein of form at Hearts working under Neilson, finding the net 23 times in 57 appearances - the best period in Sow's career thus far.
So when the chance came to reunite with the manager again, this time at Dons, Sow wanted to make happen.
He said: “When the opportunity arose to come back and work with Robbie, I just got the feeling that this is my opportunity to do something in England.
“I got a really good feeling from Robbie at Hearts. It was mostly good memories there. I was just happy to come back to Britain and give this a go.
“Robbie explained about MK Dons’ ambition, about their good stadium, about him, Crawford, Hilly and Alex all being there. It just felt good. I liked the club’s ambition. I looked at their stadium online and it was great. I enjoyed working with Robbie at Hearts so it felt right. I jumped at it. I got there and it was just happy faces.”
And those happy faces were even happier after beating AFC Wimbledon on Friday night - a game Sow was told about prior to the meeting.
“It meant a lot to both clubs,” said Sow. “I was told about the history and everything. It was nice to go there and win. It made everybody happy. Hopefully we can kick on from this now.”