Robbo fosters dream of Forster-Caskey

Jake Forster-Caskey (PNL-151023-114415002)
Jake Forster-Caskey (PNL-151023-114415002)

Karl Robinson hopes to hold talks with Jake Forster-Caskey and parent club Brighton in a bid to extend his loan beyond Saturday night.

The 21-year-old’s deal is set to expire after Dons’ game at QPR tomorrow, and has impressed in his four appearances for the club in the centre of midfield in the absence of injured Darren Potter and suspended Samir Carruthers.

And while his performances have given Robinson food for thought, league leaders Brighton may well want the England U20 international back at the Amex Stadium.

It hasn’t stopped the Dons boss from expressing his desire to sign Forster-Caskey on a permanent deal.

“I’d love to sign him,” said Robinson. “He’d be a tremendous acquisition. He’s a loan player though.

“We’ll speak to him after the game. I’d love to make it a permanent deal. He has made a really big impact and a big influence on the group.

“He’s a great kid, and very talented but we’ll have to wait until we sit down and talk. He has shown me, and the fans, how good a players he’s going to be.

“Most teams have four or five in there, and have some of them ours. We need to wait and see.”

Robinson also praised the partnership Forster-Caskey has struck up with midfield playmate Diego Poyet, also on loan from West Ham, in the absence of stalwart Potter, saying the pair have the all hallmarks of a long-term partnership.

Robinson added: “He and Diego (Poyet) have been magnificent in the centre and they’ve formed a partnership in the centre that could last for years to come.

“Darren Potter will have to work harder than ever to get back in the team.”