Williams reminds boss of a Dons legend

MK Dons midfielder, on loan from Crystal Palace, Jonny Williams (23)  fouled by Blackburn Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan (26)  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PNL-160403-115131002
MK Dons midfielder, on loan from Crystal Palace, Jonny Williams (23) fouled by Blackburn Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan (26) during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PNL-160403-115131002
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Jonny Williams has been likened to an MK Dons legend by manager Karl Robinson.

The 22-year-old on loan from Crystal Palace reminds Robinson of Luke Chadwick for his work ethic and ability to take on the rougher side of the game too.

MK Dons midfielder, on loan from Crystal Palace, Jonny Williams (23) feels a kick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PNL-160403-115143002

MK Dons midfielder, on loan from Crystal Palace, Jonny Williams (23) feels a kick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PNL-160403-115143002

And his keen desire to get on the ball even has his manager on his feet, excited about what he’s going to do next.

“Jonny’s energy is incredible,” said Robinson. “He’s a 40-year-old Luke Chadwick look-alike! But Jonny will laugh about that! He’s got an unbelievable nature.

“He has been grounded very well at Crystal Palace, he’s a great lad and I’m really enjoying working with him.

“You always wonder what he’s going to do next, and then suddenly he’s on the floor because he gets kicked a lot. He gets close to defenders and encourages the challenge, but he’s so quick to take it away again.

MK Dons midfielder, on loan from Crystal Palace, Jonny Williams (23)  feels another kick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PNL-160403-115154002

MK Dons midfielder, on loan from Crystal Palace, Jonny Williams (23) feels another kick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PNL-160403-115154002

“He’s fearless. He has been a real positive since he’s come in. When he gets the ball, I get excited.”

In his short time at stadium:mk, Williams has been victim of a lot of heavy challenges as he looks to take defenders on, none more so than at Ewood Park last weekend.

He’s yet to complete 90 minutes, both as a result of trying to regain full match fitness, but also because of the physical treatment he’s given.

Robinson feels flair players like Williams should be offered more protection by referees, for fear of stamping the excitement out of game.

Robinson said: “He needs to be protected, but that’s the way the Championship is played. It’s not a Mickey Mouse league, it’s not for the feint-hearted. I’ve not moaned much about the refereeing this season, but protection of these flair players needs to paramount.

“We can’t stamp the flair out of them with aggressive tackles.”