WITH just over a week to go before their first competitive match of the season, MK Dons boss Karl Robinson still has a lot of big decisions to make as he tries to decide his best eleven.
Dons welcome Norwich City to stadium:mk on Friday night for their first serious pre-season friendly of the summer, before Fulham visit next Tuesday. But with three exciting new additions to his squad, Robinson admits he doesn’t yet know what his strongest starting line-up is.
With Alan Smith and Ryan Lowe joining Dean Bowditch, Jabo Ibehre, Daniel Powell and Charlie MacDonald in the forward ranks, the 31-year-old Dons boss is thrilled to have so many attacking options to choose from – even if trying to pick a winning combination might end up leaving him with grey hair.
“It’s fantastic,” he said. “I wanted lots of options up front, you can’t have too many.
“But the important thing is that they play for the team and work really hard. It’s not just about scoring goals.
“Ryan Lowe is another great addition, but look, he needs to work hard for the team, and he knows that.”
Dons’ first competitive match of the new season comes at Cheltenham in the Capital One Cup first round next Saturday – by which time Robinson may have added extra strength in depth to his squad.
Despite the signing of Lowe, he still hasn’t ruled out bringing in another forward, but his focus is more likely to be on a new wide player, and he expects to have a new centre-half on the books in the not too distant future.
In the meantime Robinson says he will pick a side to play the first 75 minutes against what is expected to be a strong Norwich side on Friday night, with new recruit Lowe likely to make his first Dons appearance from the bench.