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Robbie: Quality quartet to improve Dons

1 February 2017

Robbie Neilson has concluded his first transfer window as MK Dons manager and the Scotsman is pleased with the quality of players he’s brought to the Football Club.

Neilson made Heart of Midlothian forward Robbie Muirhead his first Dons signing and then followed that up with the capture of the highly-rated Harvey Barnes on loan from Premier League champions Leicester City.

Belgium Under-21 international striker Maecky Ngombo became the third recruit on Monday evening before Cardiff City’s midfielder Stuart O’Keefe rounded things off in the final hour of the window.

“I’m pleased with the quality we’ve brought in,” Neilson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “I said right from the start that the players who come in have to improve the squad and I think all four of them have –we’ll see that over the coming months.

“It’s important to have options so we can change things during the game. We managed to do that on Saturday and you could see the difference.

“It also provides competition for places – you want guys on the bench who are desperate to come on and when they do, they give the whole place a lift.”




“He played there earlier in the season and he did well – the manager there was desperate to get him in so we felt it was the right move for him.”

Neilson believes the move will help the young striker and said: “He’s at an age now where he needs to play first-team football and I didn’t think he was ready to do that here, just yet - this move gives him a great platform to go and play games.

One player who did leave Stadium MK on Deadline Day was Kabongo Tshimanga, who joined Sky Bet League Two side Yeovil Town in a bid to gain regular first-team football.

He said: “That’s one of the key parts for us. We want to build a team here that can get promoted and you can only do that by keeping hold of your best players – thankfully we’ve managed to do that.”

Another positive as the deadline passed on Tuesday evening was that the Dons retained the services of a number of key players, with speculation throughout the window surrounding the likes of George Baldock and Ben Reeves.

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