Robbo predicts big things for Maynard

MK Dons striker Nicky Maynard shields the ball from Brighton central defender Lewis Dunk during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Milton Keynes Dons at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove, England on 7 November 2015. Photo by Bennett Dean. PNL-151127-102841002
MK Dons striker Nicky Maynard shields the ball from Brighton central defender Lewis Dunk during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Milton Keynes Dons at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove, England on 7 November 2015. Photo by Bennett Dean. PNL-151127-102841002

Nicky Maynard could be the best striker Karl Robinson has ever had at MK Dons.

The 28-year-old was a free agent when he signed for Dons in September and has worked his way to become the leading man of late.

While his career hasn’t quite hit the heights it was predicted it would when he was scoring 45 goals for Bristol City between 2008 and 2012, Robinson believes he may have found another gem in Maynard.

“The revival of Nicky Maynard could be a massive plus for us,” he said. “If we can get him fit, I think he can be the best striker I’ve had. I liken him to Sam Baldock, (Will) Grigg, Benik (Afobe), Patrick Bamford, all of them. He ticks so many boxes.

“Nicky Maynard really excites me and I cannot wait it build a team around him.

“I didn’t know how good he was. I don’t know why other clubs did or did not look at him, but every other team was looking to spend millions of pounds.

“I didn’t have many options, and I’m lucky to have acquired his services.”

And though he has only scored once in eight appearances for Dons, Robinson says Maynard is still a few weeks away from full fitness, having missed pre-season.

Robinson added: “He’s close. In the next few weeks, he’ll be ready. Church too. He has been playing with injuries recently, he’s another good player and could be a tremendous asset.”