Robbo explains decision to let duo go out on loan

Karl Robinson. Picture: Lee Scriven

Karl Robinson. Picture: Lee Scriven

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Karl Robinson has left the door open for Jon Otsemobor and Izale McLeod to return after the pair were sent out on loan.

Full-back Otsemobor signed for Tranmere Rovers, while McLeod is keen to find his scoring touch at Northampton Town – both on month long loan deals.

Their careers with their new clubs didn’t get off to an ideal start though, with Otsemobor hobbling off injured after five minutes and McLeod missing a penalty.

Explaining the decision to let the pair go out on loan, Robinson said: “We have three right-backs, and I can’t afford them all.

“We had Jon Otsemobor and Lee Hodson, but I think George Baldock has proven he can play there too.

“He’s younger, he’s fresher and he’s part of the development of the club. The future of the club is with Lee and George, not someone who is 31, whose contract is up in the summer.

“Semy has a place in all of our hearts. Our kids will tell the story of what Jon Otsemobor did for our club against AFC. He will leave this club fondly missed.

“When we’re in the Premier League, he’ll get a standing ovation from 30,000 people because everyone will know why – that’s the Hell of God.

“He’s still based up north, and he accepts the way we’re going with youth.

“Izale was struggling with form and fitness. I have Alan Smith, Dale can play up front and Powell can play there at a push.

“I don’t think Patrick will go back, but if he does, we’ll need someone to come in who is fit while we are looking at other avenues. If he scores goals, then great. He wants to get games.

“He understands that Patrick has scored 13 goals, and he gets that he and Patrick don’t play as well together.

“Reeves has done a wonderful job at number 10, and I think he’s done a better job than Izale in there, and I’ve told him that. He wants to go out and get games and goals ready for January.”

Asked whether the pair will return to stadium:mk, Robinson said: “We’ll see how it goes in the next month. They’re both top men.”

And although Robinson picked up Dale Jennings from Barnsley on a similar loan deal, he admits his squad may be too thin on the ground.

He said: “Yes, maybe, but we’ve got Alan Smith, Dale Jennings and Daniel Powell who can all help Patrick up front.”