3 July 2012

Kevin Amankwaah - Dale Q&A

Following on from yesterday's news that Exeter had secured the signing of Right/Centre Back Kevin Amankwaah, I spoke to Rochdale fan David Chaffey, and he gave me the low-down on City's latest defensive addition.

- After making 16 appearances for Dale since signing in January, how disappointed were Rochdale supporters when he didn’t sign a new deal?

"I doubt many people would have been too disappointed really. Opinions seemed to be pretty split on whether he should even have been offered a new deal. I was of the opinion that he shouldn't have been. He seemed to do quite well partnering Kevin Long but then suffered an injury and was poor on return. I doubt much sleep will be lost."

- What type of player is Kevin, does he like to get forward and support?

"It's hard to say as he only played centre half for us. When I heard we were signing him, I presumed we were getting a right back but he didn't feature in that position."

- City can't afford a massive squad, is Amankwaah quite a versatile player and what are his other strengths and weaknesses?

"Well, we know he used to play at right back and he played as a centre half for us so in that respect he could cover both positions. He's a big lad, strong, and he's quick for a defender. That said, we saw that he is prone to lapses in concentration which can cost goals. He needs a good solid partner next to him that's for sure. The goal he cost us away at Yeovil will long be remembered by those that went."

- Exeter have been lacking crossing quality for a while now, is this something Amankwaah can offer?

"We didn't see any example of this but given that he's played most of his career as a right back, it should be something he can provide."

- After spending just half a season up north, how will Amankwaah be remembered by Dale faithful?

"He'll be remembered as someone who came in and struck a decent partnership with Kevin Long but then suffered a loss in form and made costly mistakes."