No deadline day drama for Dons

Dele Alli celebrates with Benik Afobe
Dele Alli celebrates with Benik Afobe

Karl Robinson could leave stadium:mk a happy man on Monday after the transfer window closed without any movement away from MK Dons.

Speculation surrounded the future of Dele Alli in particular, who had been linked to a move to the Premier League throughout the summer.

However, when the clock struck 11pm, signalling the closure of the transfer window, Alli, and indeed Ben Reeves who was rumoured to be subject to interest, remained MK Dons players.

It has been a very successful window for Robinson, who has bolstered his squad into one of the strongest teams he has had at his disposal since he took over in 2010.

He moved quickly to secure the services of Danny Green, who made an immediate impact on his second spell at the club, setting up five of Dons’ opening seven goals of the season.

Kyle McFadzean joined him shortly afterwards, and has become a fans favourite at the heart of Dons’ defence alongside Antony Kay. McFadzean has also scored twice already, including a memorable back-heel against AFC Wimbledon,

Robinson, short on attacking players, then added three strikers - Tom Hitchcock, Will Grigg and Benik Afobe, with the latter two in particular stamping their mark on the club already, despite being on season-long loan deals.

Not content there, two more who spent loan time at stadium:mk last season in Samir Carruthers and Jordan Spence bolstered the ranks even further.

Perhaps one blot on the book for Dons though was the way in 18-year-old prospect which Brendan Galloway left for Premier League side Everton, with the club feeling ‘let down’ by the teenager’s advisors in the way he went about leaving.