A NEW face could be among the Dons squad as soon as Saturday according to Karl Robinson, but he insists there is no rush to sign players with his team in top form.
Two clubs have been approached by Dons in regards to bringing new players to stadium:mk to bolster the small squad at Robinson’s disposal. And the manager hopes he can inject a new lease of life into his side as they enter the second half of the season.
“I’m close,” he said. “If a player comes along that I want, I’ll try and buy him. I hope to get one done this week.
“There are still one or two things I’m trying to pull off. I need to inject us with goals and pace. But all my players want to stay, and we all want to play in the Championship together. I might let one or two out on loan. I’m approaching one club, I’ve already approached another and I’m watching a player this week too.”
While Robinson goes chasing players he feel would improve his squad, it hasn’t stopped agents pitching their clients to the manager at all hours of the day.
“My phone went at 11.20pm and it was an agent,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. That’s the job we do, but they need to be a bit more respectful!
“But I’ve got my targets and the players know who I want to bring in. I need youthful energy – a Keanu Marsh-Brown type to inject us with pace in the wing. I need goals in case there’s an injury to Charlie MacDonald and then it’s just a case of seeing who else becomes available.”
Robinson admitted too that the chairman may have to dust off his cheque book in order to bring in the players he is keen on signing this January.
He said: “We’re getting closer (to making a signing), there are two players I want to try and buy. But it has to be within the constraints of what the club can afford.
“We’re not going to go bankrupt for one player. There’s no need to go hunting and looking outside the box. I’m not in a rush. I need players though, I didn’t have a forward on the bench against QPR.”
Dons fans may have their eyes firmly set on Loftus Road and the televised FA Cup replay next Tuesday, but it’s back to the bread and butter of League 1 action this Saturday and the visit of Carlisle United to stadium:mk.
The Cumbrians come into the game unbeaten in their last six – a run which has seen them fly up the table into the play-offs spots in sixth place. Dons though are in a comfortable fifth place in League 1, five points clear of Carlisle with a game in hand and within touching distance of the automatic promotion spots
Arguably Dons’ best away performance of the season came at Brunton Park against Carlisle back in September when Dons ran out comfortable 4-1 winners, sending them top of the table.
But with a potential FA Cup fourth round tie against Premier League giants Chelsea awaiting the winner of Tuesday’s replay, Robinson says his players have to put their cup aspirations to the back of their minds.
He said: “I’m more concerned with Carlisle. I don’t want to show them any disrespect. We’ve got a wonderful tie set up at Loftus Road, and our tickets are selling fast. But we have to put all that to bed, and concentrate on Carlisle.
“We had someone watching Carlisle on Saturday and they told me this will be one of our hardest games this season. We’re playing them when they’re bang in form, but so are we.
“Last year, we didn’t deserve anything out of the game, but Adam Clayton got a 94th minute winner.”