King's Lynn Town ready to unleash Sheffield speedster Alex Kiwomya against FC Halifax in the National League
Alex Kiwomya broke the 11-second barrier for the 100 metres as a 14-year-old – now he’s aiming to unleash his power and pace on opposing defences when he makes his King's Lynn Town debut on Saturday.
The thought of Kiwomya down one flank and Simon Power down the other side is a frightening prospect for National League defences as Lynn prepare to host FC Halifax Town at The Walks.
Kiwomya – fresh from his arrival from Chesterfield – is a former junior athletics champion and is seen as a ready-made replacement for the recently-departed Jamar Loza.
Due to a positive coronavirus test, it will be Lynn's first game since before Christmas and the youngster is determined that Lynn will not be left in the starting blocks when the Shaymen are the visitors.
"If you've got two people who can get down the sides and one person down the middle who will happily head the ball and get on the end of things, it's the perfect set-up for an attacking three," he admitted.
"I can play down the middle, but I do prefer to play out wide. I do like getting people one against one, but at Chesterfield and Doncaster I did also play as a number nine so I'm quite versatile in that respect."
The Sheffield-born 24-year-old offers Lynn plenty of versatility by the fact that he can play down either flank.
"Some managers prefer me to cut inside because I've got a good delivery with my right foot where I can whip the ball in quickly, but on the right I can also put it on the back stick too," said Kiwomya.
Born in Sheffield, he joined Chelsea’s academy as a youngster and went out on loan to Barnsley, Fleetwood Town and Crewe before signing for Doncaster Rovers in 2017, where his career was briefly halted due to a Guillain-Barré syndrome.
King's Lynn Town director of football Robbie Back believes that the Linnets have a real talent on their hands.
"I think we are very, very lucky to have him here," said Back.
"He's done his due diligence and it isn't something either Alex or ourselves have rushed into. We've let him take his time and find out about the club and what we are all about.
"I think he's a Football League player and they're the type of players we are trying to bring in to kick us on this season.
"He's very talented and got that pedigree having been at Chelsea then Doncaster and Crewe. He's got pace and skill and I think he's going to have people on the edge of their seats."