mkdons.com lists a few things you may not know about Robbie Neilson's first signing of the January window, Ike Ugbo.
Ike Ugbo will join from Chelsea until the end of the season, however, he isn’t the first to join from the current Premier League Champions. In November 2012, Patrick Bamford made the move to Milton Keynes and found the back of the net four times during 14 games during his first spell at Stadium MK before he returned for the following season to net 17 times in 30 games.
Midfielder Lewis Baker also enjoyed a stint at MK1 in which he scored three goals and assisted a further two during his time with the club. Ugbo will be looking to replicate the success both Bamford and Baker had on the field at Stadium MK.
Goals Goals Goals
The speedy forward scored 23 goals in 35 matches for Chelsea’s Under-23 and Under-18 sides during the 2016-17 season including eight goals in six games in the FA Youth Cup. The striker showed his composure and trickery a number of times in front of goal during that campaign and will be looking to display his abilities while donning the MK shirt.
Ugbo has also found the back of the net seven times in 19 appearances for the England youth sides.
History with Callum Brittain
It’s always daunting joining a new side, however, knowing someone within the camp can always ease your nerves. For Ugbo, he’s played alongside Callum Brittain for England Under-20s this season which will, without doubt, make his transition into the side a lot easier.
Toulon Tournament Triumph
The 19-year-old has certainly had an exciting start to his career playing a part in Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth Level triumphs.
The young forward also enjoyed success as an England international winning the 2017 Toulon Tournament. Ugbo scored the winning goal against Angola in the opening group stage game before converting his penalty in the shootout win over Ivory Coast in the Final.