Media Team Do A Sweeting …January 2023

By The MKDSA Media Team

Ahead of the transfer window opening the Media Team were challenged to pick a realistic signing they would make if they were Liam Sweeting this January.

Going into this January transfer window, there’s a reasonable amount of business that needs to get done.

Luke starts the ball rolling with his “detailed” thoughts

However, the player I’ve picked out as a potential signing plays in one of the most pivotal positions in our current 5-2-3 system. There are three pivot points between defence and attack with this system.

Obviously there’s the holding midfield role but there’s also two wingbacks that give us some extra width and easier linkup play with the two inside forwards. Some of our poorest performances this season have come in the absence of Tennai Watson, with neither Henry Lawrenceor Daniel Oyegoke really making a lasting impression. Lawrence has since improved but not enoughto challenge Watson or Daniel Harvie for a starting spot in the team. At that point the questionarises&what happens if we lose Watson or Harvie to injury again?

Even worse, what happens if we sell one of them?

Introducing Mitch Clark of Accrington Stanley.

At a first glance this seems like a peculiar suggestion due to Accrington occupying 19thplace in League One, just three places above The Dons at the time of writing. However Clark has enjoyed a breakthrough season, playing virtually every minute for The Reds. The 23 year old already has 20 League One appearances to his name this season, having only appeared 25 times the season before. His most notable statistic is his five assists, which translates to an assist every four starts, an impressive return for a wingback. With a solid amount of League One experience already, he would be a fairly safe bet in terms of improving our defence, whilst simultaneously weakening one of the teams around us.

Similarly to Watson and Lawrence he’s capable of playing either of the wingbacks roles though he prefers playing on the right. He would provide great competition for Watson and Harvie and it would give us the option of sending Oyegoke or Lawrence back from their loan spells, allowing us to use the loan spot on another position in the team.

Despite coming up through Aston Villa’s academy, it took him a few seasons to find his feet but it appears that he’s finally on the rise. He might just have crept under the radar of the bigger teams for now.

Steve Manning keeping it short and sweet has this suggestion…

Well Mr. Sweeting if your reading this then I’d like to think that you’ve already covered the bases here. We need someone to help get the team goals someone who has the goal-den touch.

My pick is Will Keane, of Wigan Athletic, he has proven prolific at this level and would take the pressure o& Grigg and Eisa.

Keane knows this division and is someone I would be happy to see coming through those doors.

Alfie Marlborough…he’s had a goodthink about this you know….

For me, it will all depend on who we get in as head coach. Should that person be Leeds first team coach Mark Jackson (who I think it will be) get the gig at Stadium MK, I’d like to see us bring in young striker Sam Greenwood on loan from the Yorkshire Side. 

Having worked with him before in the Leeds academy, the promising striker has been slowly integrated into the first team having made 6 appearances in the top division this term. The 20 year-old grabbed himself a goal and an assist in just 184 minutes of game time.

The pacy forward made the Premier League 2 look easy for Leeds and scored 20 in just 35 appearances. If he was to join the Dons, it would be a loan. The youngster can also be utilised in an attacking midfielder role which has seen the twenty year old rack up plenty goals and assists.

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