Karl Robinson has backed Daniel Powell to be a big-time player after making a great start to life back in League 1.
Powell became a dad for the second time on Wednesday and had barely slept, let alone trained, prior to playing against Millwall on Saturday.
Terrorising Mahlon Romeo in the first half in particular, the 25-year-old has looked a significant threat in Dons’ opening two league matches, and his manager has backed him to be a key player this year.
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“We know how important he is and what he can bring to the team,” Robinson said.
“We said it in pre-season, but I meant it - he looks fantastic. He’s in the best shape of his life. He’s just had another baby and came into the game on Saturday without really sleeping.
“I don’t think he’s a confidence player, but he’s maturing into a good player and sometimes it takes people to develop into who they are. Some people get that early, like Dele for example. Maybe Powelly is developing a little bit later. His movement on Saturday was excellent. He dragged one of the best full backs in the league all over the place.
“I’ve seen it right the way through pre-season. What he did to Seamus Coleman here gave me great confidence in him.
“We can’t ask him to play every week because of what we ask of our wide players, we know he’ll be rotated, but from what I’ve seen of him so far, I can’t ask for anything more.”