DONS columnist Dominic Damesick wonders what happened to the mystery midfielder.
The emergency loan window closed at 5pm on Thursday afternoon, and Karl Robinson now knows for certain what options he will have at his disposal between now and January 1.
Only one addition was made to the Dons ranks on deadline day – the low-budget version – with the arrival of young Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford. The former Nottingham Forest trainee has little first team experience on his CV, but comes with a good reputation and will – one would imagine – probably only have required a marginal dip into the club’s coffers, so would appear to well worth the gamble.
It was also rumoured that a midfielder was set to be added to the ranks on Thursday afternoon, and the club even went as far as teasing a possible deal on Twitter and the official website, but nothing materialised, and so Robinson must make do with what he now has at his disposal.
Bamford joins Ibra Sekajja, who has still yet to make an appearance for the first team since signing on loan from Crystal Palace two weeks ago, in adding some depth to the Dons’ front-line options. Hopefully Sekajja will be given the opportunity to prove his worth in the coming weeks.
Robinson must have seen something promising in Sekajja to move for him in the first instance, but now seems reluctant to utilise the young loanee. In Robinson’s defence, circumstances in recent games have not been ideal for introducing a young, raw, unproven striker, but hopefully Dons will be a few goals up by the hour mark on Saturday, and Sekajja can get his chance!
On the subject of strikers, Saturday sees the visit of Colchester United, who have Dons powerhouse Jabo Ibehre in their ranks, on loan until the end of December. Sadly, Jabo will not be making an appearance on Saturday due to the terms of his loan agreement, and while I will be sorry not to see the fans’ favourite grace the stadium:mk turf, I am glad he will not get a chance to prove a point to Robinson and co.
His place in the Colchester team could well be taken by Clinton Morrison, another familiar face for Dons fans after he spent a month on loan in Milton Keynes last season. Morrison is a striker who operates in a very similar vein to Charlie MacDonald or Ryan Lowe – staying on the shoulder of the last defender, looking to convert any loose ball in the 18 yard box, and the Dons defence will have to be alert on Saturday. Morrison has proven throughout his career that he does not need many chances to find the back of the net.
I am optimistic, however, that Dons’ back-line will be much improved on Saturday, after their poor performance on Tuesday night away at Shrewsbury. Dons were extremely fortunate to leave Shropshire with a point, following what must quite easily qualify as the worst defensive showing of the season to date.
The Shrewsbury strikers made Dons look positively clinical with some of their finishing, only managing to produce two goals from a multitude of clear-cut chances, and this allowed Robinson’s men to snatch a late point, courtesy of a superb volley from Dean Bowditch. That is three late goals in three games for Dons – the hallmark of a successful side!
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