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This time, Dons columnist Dominic Damesick talks transfers, and makes his feelings about one potential target perfectly clear.
I am, with a week to go, more than satisfied with how this transfer window has gone for MK Dons. Three high-quality additions look to have been made – in Ryan Harley, Izale McLeod and Chris Lines – helping to cover for the injuries to Luke Chadwick and Stephen Gleeson, and hopefully to also provide Dons with an increased goal threat: both from McLeod’s predatory instincts and from the set-piece mastery of Harley and Lines.
Three senior players have also departed – in Jay O’Shea, Charlie MacDonald and Jabo Ibehre – and while there is always a tinge of sadness to the departure of a player who has conducted themselves well and worn the shirt with pride (as was certainly the case with all these three gentlemen), it certainly seemed the right time for all three to seek pastures new, as Dons look to make a concerted push for Championship football.
The name of Nile Ranger has cropped up recently, as a potential transfer target for Dons. Whether there is any truth in the murmurings remains to be seen, but if the move was to come to fruition it would seem to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Karl Robinson has embarked upon a Frankenstein-esque experiment to instil life into some sort of Sheffield Wednesday themed mutant, built from those players that the Owls no longer desired, to form a team capable of great things.
Potter, Otsemobor, Lowe and Lines have all moved to MK from Sheffield; Mark Beevers and Clinton Morrison were both loaned in from Wednesday last season; and Nile Ranger spent time on loan at Hillsborough in the first half of 2012. I would be disappointed though if Robinson put his ambitions to be a modern-day Victor Frankenstein above his better judgement in signing Nile Ranger.
The young Newcastle striker has more police arrests than goals in his short career, and offends people on Twitter like Frankie Boyle after a couple of beers and an upsetting childhood flashback. Putting aside his intensely unlikeable attitude, Ranger has also completely failed to live up to the early sparks of promise that convinced Newcastle to give him a contract until 2016: not that it takes much for Newcastle to give out ridiculously long contracts (for example, you’re almost guaranteed to be offered something to take you through to the next decade if you are French and have two functioning legs).
Still, the point remains that Ranger has not fulfilled that early potential, and has only netted twice in over 50 appearances for Newcastle, with two mediocre loan spells at Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday thrown into the mix for good measure. Not the sort of striker, or person, Dons need.
I advise Robinson to search another graveyard for the next piece of his monster.