Neilson will support Tsihbola after 'difficult' games

Aaron Tshibola
Aaron Tshibola

Robbie Neilson says he will continue to help ailing midfielder Aaron Tshibola after his red card against Bradford on Saturday.

The midfielder, on loan from Aston Villa, has struggled to make an impact since arriving in the summer and has drawn criticism from fans and media for his lacklustre performances so far this season.

Tshibola was sent off after five minutes against Bradford

Tshibola was sent off after five minutes against Bradford

His sending off after just five minutes against Bradford City on Saturday saw Dons struggle against the Banthams, going on to lose 4-1, and manager Neilson laid the blame at Tshibola's door in the aftermath.
But after a tough start to his time at Stadium MK, Neilson said he will continue to back Tshibola.

"Players who come here aren't the finished article, but it's our job to help them," he said. "People forget he hasn't played a lot of football in his career. He's only 22. Yes, he had a big move when he was younger, but that has nothing to do with anything. It's about what he's doing here now. hopefully when he leaves, he'll be a better player than when he arrived, and we'll continue to support him through it.

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"We look at it from our perspective, and we have to support the players who have come in here. Aaron has had some good games, and some difficult games. Saturday's game was very difficult. We've got him here to try and progress him.

"It's one of those things. We spoke about it a couple of days ago, with the ball that goes to him, we were asking for a bit of trouble there. He wasn't being rash or doing anything silly. The ball was played to him and he had a bad touch. Anywhere else on the park, we're not talking about it, but because it's 20 yards from goal it causes a problem. It's a learning curve for him."

Robbie Neilson

Robbie Neilson