‘Better for Randall to leave’ Dons this January

Mark Randall hasn't played for Dons since March
Mark Randall hasn't played for Dons since March

Mark Randall looks set to join Sam Gallagher, Diego Poyet and Cristian Benavente by leaving MK Dons this month, and he won’t be the only one.

Karl Robinson’s decision to cut the deadwood from his side has already seen him lose three players, though he believes another ‘four or five’ will be on their way out of stadium:mk before the end of the transfer window, with Randall likely to be one of them.

The 26-year-old hasn’t played for Dons since a two minute substitute appearance back in March 2015, having struggled with injury and a sexual assault case which he was cleared of at the end of last year.

“We will have discussions with Mark Randall. I think it’s better for him to leave,” said Robinson. “He needs to go and play.

“I think the world of him, but he has gone through a terrible time this year. He had a groin problem and his ridiculous case that went on for a while.

“He needs to break free and play. We need to sit down with him and have a talk.

“There are still four or five more to leave. Some will start new careers, some will go out on loan.

“There will be more shortly too. We’re trying to sweep the decks in a way.

“The Diego Poyet one was forced in a way, as was the Sam Gallagher one to an extent. I would’ve like to keep Cristian until the summer and see what we could’ve done.

“But we realised a risk in League 1 is completely different in the Championship. We don’t have time to develop players in the same way.”

While the outgoings are beginning to take shape, Robinson has hinted the incomings will look very familiar to Dons fans, but probably won’t take the shape of a certain Chelsea striker.

Robinson was quick to quash any rumour by saying: “It’s not Patrick Bamford before you start guessing!

“We have identified one or two we want to bring back to the club who have been here before - players who I have worked with who I think will maybe make us better.”