Cool, calm and composed Surman is giving Dons more control

Russell Martin feels Surman's importance has been overlooked since he signed for the club

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:04 pm
Andrew Surman

The impact Andrew Surman is having on MK Dons cannot be overstated according to his manager Russell Martin.

The vastly experienced 34-year-old has been a regular in the side, especially in the absence of Jordan Houghton and David Kasumu through injury. Playing in the key role of the pivot midfielder just in front of the Dons back three, Surman has added an air of calm in the centre of the park as they have turned around their fortunes.

Despite making a few mistakes which led to goals during their dip in form earlier this month, Surman's performances of late alongside Josh McEachran in the last week have helped give Dons more of an air of control in the centre of the park where so much of their play builds.

Warren O'Hora praised the composure the midfielder has on the rest of the defence, and Martin said Surman's influence on the side has been huge both on and off the pitch recently.

"What a footballer," he said. "He's a great guy to have around for the younger guys, he has a great energy and enthusiasm for football. He doesn't have to be here for the money he is getting but wants to carry on playing because he loves the game. He's always smiling.

"He's started to get tired late on in games because he has played relentelessly, but he brings us so much control and composure. He's chipped in with some quality goals as well.

"The lads know they can trust him on the ball wherever he is, whether he's got a man on him or space. He brings a real element of calm, composure and quality. He's been a huge signing for us, and people haven't appreciated how important he has been in this period after injuries to Houghts and David for as long period of time. He's top, top drawer."

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