All I want for Christmas is my two front men - Robbo

Benik Afobe and Will Grigg
Benik Afobe and Will Grigg

With the festive season just around the corner, Karl Robinson has already drawn up his Christmas list and atop it sit both Will Grigg and Benik Afobe.

The on-loan strike partners between them have netted 21 times already this season, with Robinson’s rotation system seeming to do their morale no harm as each spends time on the bench to allow the other to play.

But having been burned by the loan market before, most notably with Adam Smith and Patrick Bamford in recent seasons, Robinson admits he’d love to make a permanent move for the duo in January.

“If I could buy those two... I’d really love to buy them. It’d be my Christmas wish,” he said. “And not selling Dele Alli, or Ben Reeves, and make sure Darren Potter stays!

“It’s great having two top, top strikers.

“It’s like I’m a kid of four, wanting everything I see in every advert on TV! I want every possible thing for my team. I’m circling every one of my players - buy, buy, keep, keep!

“I’d love to buy them, but at some stage we’ll have to take that plunge. We’ve never done it before.”

The stumbling block for Dons though is the money it’d cost to bring the duo in. Neither Brentford - Grigg’s parent club - nor Arsenal - Afobe’s - need to sell either player, and Robinson predicts a spending spree in excess of seven figures would be needed to lure both Grigg and Afobe to remain at stadium:mk.

Spending big money on impact players is not something Dons have been in a position to do in recent seasons, and certainly not under Robinson’s tenure at the club.

But the manager believes that time will come, and it’s not far off.

He said: “If you want to compete, at some point (spending big) will have to be an option. Right now, possibly not.

“The chairman runs a very well-run club, but to ask him for £1 million out of the blue will be a bit more difficult!

“But mark my words, in the next two years, this club will be a force. We will be able to do those sorts of things in the next few years, and it wouldn’t require a promotion.

“The chairman’s business is clever. People always ask why I’ve stayed - it’s because I see the bigger picture. I’d hate for me to leave and the next manager has the money.

“I understand this club better than most. I’d never spent the chairman’s money if it troubled the club.”