ADAM CHICKSEN could be the answer to Karl Robinson’s right-back headaches after he turned out a brilliant performance in Dons’ thrilling 5-3 friendly defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday night.
The 19-year-old was one of the star performers up against the Premier League heavyweights at stadium:mk, keeping close tabs on former Dons loanee Andros Townsend in a position still new to him.
And while Dons have to wait on news regarding the extent of the injury to Mathias Doumbe, which he picked up on Saturday against Oxford United, Chicksen could be the man to fill in at right-back.
Dons boss Robinson admitted he’s still looking for a new full-back, but said Chicksen’s display was a highlight of the evening and that he could be Dons’ short term solution in that area.
He said: “For me, Chicksen did exceptionally well against Andros Townsend, who’s a Championship or even Premier League quality winger.
“He proved he can hold his own against the best, and maybe my headache might have been solved for the short term.
“I’m made up for him, and all he can do is get better and stronger.
“I still want to bring in three players hopefully in the next two weeks – we’re still working hard behind the scenes.
“If we can pull those deals off with the squad we already have, we’ll be a very strong team.”
Spurs fielded no fewer than five established first team players for their trip to stadium:mk and could have run away with the game in the first half.
Roman Pavlyuchenko put them 2-0 up at the interval, but Luke Chadwick and Jabo Ibehre pulled the hosts level early in the second half.
Whether Spurs had been told to slow their tempo or whether Dons were simply out-playing them, the home side looked much the better in the second 45 minutes as they dictated the play with some quick midfield passing.
But a defensive mix-up between Gary MacKenzie and goalkeeper David Martin allowed Tottenham back into the lead through Harry Kane, before Nico Kranjcar fired home a spectacular goal to restore their two goal lead.
Ibehre was back on the score sheet to bring the score to 4-3, but Kane scored in the final minute of the match to end a thrilling showpiece.
After a couple of errors that led to Spurs goals, Robinson admitted having a go at his players in the aftermath of the game, but said that pre-season was the right time to make such mistakes.
He said: “I’ve just had a go at the players, and they know they can’t make these mistakes. But the good thing is that they can look at the errors and learn from them at this time because it doesn’t matter. I’d rather they make the mistakes now than in 10 days.
“Only positives have come out of the game. I thought Shaun Williams showed that he’s a great young footballer. He made a few mistakes, but he’s a talent and will learn from that.
“Jay O’Shea showed he’s got quality and maybe should have had two goals.
“But listening to what Spurs have said, they were impressed with our style of football. I thought we were very classy at times, and we want to be that classy and confident side that everyone wants to watch.”