Dons haven’t got to sell this January

Karl Robinson - Pic By James Williamson
Karl Robinson - Pic By James Williamson

Karl Robinson finds himself an the enviable position as a football manager this January - he doesn’t have to sell anyone.

Back in August, the Dons boss and his recruitment team were bunked down for the night to fend off potential bids for his stars - bids that didn’t come.

With Dons flying high in League 1, and making the headlines for all the right reasons this season, it is likely that the squad will be subject to bids when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

“I’m really worried about losing Dele Alli, Darren Potter and Ben Reeves,” Robinson said.

But while the manager admits he can’t go and splash the cash during the January sales, Robinson confirmed he doesn’t have to sell either, though it might not stop some players from leaving the club.

“We can’t buy, but we don’t have to sell,” he said. “Everyone has their price though, and sometimes we can’t say no. But we’re in a very strong position.

“If I have to move players on to bring players in, I’ll do it. I might have to. But I believe the group is extremely strong, but I’d like to add to it. I’ll look at if Dele gets injured, or Potter gets injured - do we really have someone who can do those sorts of things?

“I’ve got an idea of who I’d like to bring back for that position, and it’s someone I’ve already spoken to.

“I’d like a left-footed full back who can maybe play at centre half at a push. And maybe an out-and-out left-footed left winger.

“And if you want to throw in a 6ft6 striker in, I’m sure we’ll find space for him at this club!”

Dons have had relatively little success when it comes to the January transfer window in recent years.

For Robinson, he admits panic-buying, or panic-loaning, players isn’t on the agenda and more, and that any player he moves to bring to stadium:mk will be brought in to make an immediate impact.

He said: “You never get who you want in January - you get someone in a position you need, someone who isn’t as good as the one you want. I want the players who come in and fill the squad.

“If I’m going to bring in players, I want them to make an immediate impact.

“Not someone who has been injured, or someone who wants to get fit. What’s the point?

“I think it has been a problem with me for the last few years. I’ve had too many loan players.

“We’ve got two this year, but they’re here for 12 months. We’ve brought in players we can’t afford to buy for a year.”