Loan stars going nowhere

Karl Robinson doesn't expect Benik Afobe or Will Grigg to return to their parent clubs in January
Karl Robinson doesn't expect Benik Afobe or Will Grigg to return to their parent clubs in January

Karl Robinson has quashed fears that on-loan strikers Will Grigg and Benik Afobe could return to their parent clubs in January.

Between them, the duo have netted 25 times in all competitions, launching Dons up to third in League 1, with a game in hand over those around them.

Such is the case with many loan deals, Grigg, on loan from Brentford, and Afobe, from Arsenal, could be subject to a recall.

A year ago, Patrick Bamford’s departure back to parent club Chelsea, and the lack of a suitable contingency, left Dons toiling in the search for a replacement striker of a similar calibre.

Robinson however has quashed fears that he may be losing Grigg or Afobe in January, but acknowledged that even if they were to depart stadium:mk, plans are in place to ensure they wouldn’t be made to struggle again.

Robinson said: “There’s always a threat because that’s the nature of the loan market, and they aren’t our players.

“After what happened with Patrick Bamford last season, we’ve been working so hard to ensure that nothing like that happens again.

Of course, we’ve had contact with Brentford and Arsenal to let them know how they’re getting on, but we haven’t heard anything else from them and as far as we’re aware, they’ll be MK Dons players until May.

But that doesn’t mean we’re stopping the recruitment process. We’re still looking for players to strengthen.

“I’ve been to five games in five days in four different countries - that shows how hard we’re working!”