SWINDON Town midfielder Saidou Khan hopes his new-found appetite for goals can power Scott Lindsey’s men to promotion in the 2022-23 season.

Town brought Khan in from National League side Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee in the summer after he netted seven times in 41 appearances for the Spireites last term.

The midfielder’s seven-goal haul was produced in a season where he made more than 11 appearances for the first time in three years of non-league football.

After developing his scoring prowess based on feedback from previous managers, the 26-year-old now believes he is far more of an all-round asset for Lindsey to utilise.

Asked what Town fans can expect to see from the Gambian’s game, Khan said: “I bring funny celebrations because I’ve started scoring a few goals now.

“I’ve got a lot of energy, I’m a box-to-box midfielder, so I enjoy going up and down to defend and attack. I like dribbling as well, so I think that’s exciting for fans to watch.

“Before Chesterfield, I was just another midfielder who could play well, I had energy, running up and down. All I kept hearing from managers was: “you don’t score enough goals.”

“So I went into last pre-season staying after training to work on my shooting, making the box, scoring tap-ins, and shooting from outside the box.

“That was my main aim, to chip in with the goals, and I scored in my first home game and ended as the second top-scorer.”

While Khan has obvious ambitions with Swindon, the midfielder remains keen to fulfil his childhood dream of featuring in English football’s upper echelons.

Khan has already played in an FA Cup third-round tie against Chelsea – an afternoon which only served to fuel those aspirations.

But for now, the 26-year-old remains focused on helping Town go one better than last season.

He said: “I grew up in Gambia, so since childhood my aim was to play in the Premier League. I didn’t really do it – I came to England and had trials at Crystal Palace, but that didn’t work out.

“My aim now is to keep on climbing the leagues, hopefully with Swindon.

“I saw we were in the play-offs last season, so I’m hoping I can come in and chip in with some goals to help us get automatic promotion or reach the play-offs and go up that way.

“But before I retire from football, I want to reach the Championship at least.”