The best MK Dons loans XI according to AI could struggle defensively
They say never fall in love with a loan player, but at MK Dons, we’ve all been guilty of that.
By Toby Lock
Published 9th Nov 2023, 13:07 GMT
There have been plenty of excellent loan stars pulling on the shirt at Stadium MK down the years (some questionable ones as well) who have made a lasting impression, and picking your favourites is an ever-evolving thing.
However, when the question was put to artificial intelligence to pick the best loans XI, there were some pretty questionable choices made by the AG (artificial gaffer).
The former Manchester United winger hit the ground running on loan from Norwich in 2008. He scored three goals in eight games for Paul Ince's side, but a knee injury cut his time at Stadium MK short. He was snapped up on a free transfer in January 2009 though, and remained at the club until March 2014 Photo: Ross Kinnaird
The Wigan winger was a bit of a flash in the pan for Dons in 2016/17. A regular for Karl Robinson, he made 23 appearances, and scored five goals including a hat-trick away at Fleetwood. Fell out of favour when Robbie Neilson took over and returned to Wigan in January 2017 Photo: Pete Norton
A remarkable half-season with Dons, on loan from Arsenal in 2014, puts him in the hall of fame of Dons loanees for sure. Scoring 19 goals in 30 appearances, including a brace off the bench against Manchester United, the striker earned a move to Wolves where his career took off Photo: Pete Norton
Had two loan spells at the club, catapulting him to the upper echelons. Scoring 21 in 44 between November 2012 and January 2014, Bamford's career went up and up, earning an England cap in 2021 Photo: Pete Norton