MK Dons manager Karl Robinson says he’s sick of losing his best players.
Dons officially lost Benik Afobe to Wolves on Wednesday, before being rejected by two players that evening he had hoped could replace his top scorer.
Although Afobe was on a season-long deal at stadium:mk, Arsenal’s decision to sell the 21-year-old put paid to that deal, and left Robinson to lick his wounds.
“We did everything right,” he said. “Our contract was water-tight but we had to step aside. We couldn’t stand in his way. It’s a disappointing one for us.
“I’m sick of it. Sam Baldock, Patrick Bamford and now Benik Afobe. I’m not happy.
“We can’t afford these people. We couldn’t afford Benik or Patrick, and we couldn’t afford to keep Sam. This is who we are. We over-achieve. We need to go and have another go, but I’m not sure if we can or not.
“I was turned down on two last night. We were very close with one, who has decided to go to a Championship side.
“It was a kick to the stomach, and we’re getting kicked left, right and centre. Emotionally, this is the hardest I’m feeling it because this is my best time.
“We want to improve the group. I can go and get players in, but it’s the same as what I’ve got. I want better players for our fans to enjoy.”
And for now at least, Dons are being made to wait before they can sign former club captain Keith Andrews.
Despite unofficially agreeing terms with both parent club Bolton and Watford, where Andrews is on loan, the stumbling block now appears to be emanating from Vicarage Road.
Robinson explained: “We had a deal agreed in principle with Watford, verbally, but their owners decided they wanted more than the deal was.
“We have to be respectful to them, and to Keith. He’s now just waiting, and we can’t do anything.”