Tayo Edun is one of a number of new faces to come into the club over the winter break, arriving on a permanent deal from Fulham.
The 21-year-old, a former European Championship winner with England Under 19s, made his home debut against Blackpool a couple of weeks ago, as well as featuring in the disappointing performance at Southend this weekend.
Edun enjoyed his debut, noting that it was a glimpse of what this young Imps’ team might be able to do.
“I enjoyed my debut. I was on the bench for the first two games and I’ve been eager to play my part and show what I’m capable of. The Blackpool game was good; it was our best performance of the last few weeks and I feel like I played a big part in the win.
“It was good because we had a few new faces and we gelled quite well. We haven’t had the best of times since, but that win showed what we are capable of and it’s something we want to get back to in future matches.”
He agreed that it might take time, although he also concedes that might not be something Appleton’s young guns are afforded; the league goes on whether you’re ready or not.
“Of course, it’ll take time for us all to gel. We could win three games on the bounce and it wouldn’t mean we were at our best; it always takes time with new players.
“The league isn’t going to wait for us though, so we must reduce the time it takes for us to get to know each other and perform. I feel with the number of players that have come in; it’s going to take some time to build relationships. We’ve just got to keep working on it.”
Thus far in his career, Tayo has played in central midfield, although he’s also operated on the left side of midfield, as well as left back, during his career. Despite this flexibility, he sees himself primarily as playing a central role.
“I see myself as a centre midfielder. I had a discussion with the manager, and he agrees so I’m happy with that. Look, if I’m needed anywhere else then I’ll play there for the team.
“If they need me to be flexible then I’ll do it, of course, but I’m hoping to get time in the midfield.”
One issue in central midfield at the moment is competition. Ellis Chapman, Tayo, Joe Morrell, Conor Coventry and new signing Liam Bridcutt will all be vying for two starting spots. Whilst opportunity might be limited, Tayo feels the extra numbers will help drive quality.
“Competition for places is always good; it means people are going to be working hard and pushing to be their best. That will only bring the best out in everyone else and hopefully we can press on, find a balance and keep pushing each other on.”
The interview continues in this weekend’s programme, where Tayo talks us through his sending off in the European Championship final, why he feels prepared should tough times arrive at Sincil Bank and how he’s keeping in touch with his boys back home whilst living in Lincoln. All that, and more, in this week’s programme.