Big things to come from Kasumu, predicts Surman
"If there's a tackle going in, it's usually him"
Andrew Surman has been there, seen it and done it in his football career, and he predicts similar could happen for David Kasumu.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been on the comeback trail after spending four months out through injury, and has made substitute appearances in the last three.
Kasumu's tenacity and battling midfield approach have made him a stand-out since Russell Martin took over at the helm at the end of 2019. Establishing himself as a key man in the Dons line-up, Kasumu has a fan in Surman.
"He'll have a massive future in the game," said the former Bournemouth man. "I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in him, especially at his age and what he's producing performance-wise.
"I've really enjoyed playing with him. He works extremely hard and showcases his talents when he plays. It's great to have him back from injury. It will be good to see him starting and he'll have a massive impact on the team.
"He's one of those players who is just everywhere. He gets around the pitch so well. If there's a tackle going in, it's usually him. You need someone like that. He doesn't look the biggest but he's strong, quick and gets around the pitch. When you're doing that role on your own, there's a lot of ground to cover.
"As you get older, you know you can't do as much running so you have to be in the right place at the right time. Physically you have to be in good shape if you're in there alone agaisnt two 8s, or a 10 and a striker. The reponsibility is huge in that role, defensively and starting attacks. Dave has that in abundance, he can do everything."