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No late additions set the stage for Sam

Paul Tisdale doesn't regret not adding to his side late in the summer window...

24 October 2019

Paul Tisdale doesn’t regret not adding to his squad late in the summer transfer window despite the injury problems MK Dons have faced, as it set the stage for the emergence of Sam Nombe.

The Dons have seen Kieran Agard, Joe Mason, Rhys Healey and Nombe all head to the sidelines due to injury this season, with Mason still unavailable for selection and Healey and Nombe due to be out long term.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Tisdale was asked whether he wished he had made a late signing before the deadline but the Dons boss pointed to the opportunity offered to Nombe as justification for the decision not to add for the sake of adding.

“We made what we felt was the right decision at the time, with the players that we had,” Tisdale said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Sky Bet League One encounter at Fleetwood Town this weekend.

“We debated it and we tried to sign the right player, one or two of them, but we didn’t manage to get them. We also tried a player or two on loan and we didn’t manage to land them.

“We then debated just signing a player or two to just get someone in – at the moment, I decided I wanted to give Sam Nombe that opportunity instead. When we get through all this, I hope we can look back and say that was the making of Sam Nombe.

“There’s no right or wrong. We’ve been in a pickle because of the lack of options in attacking positions but do I regret giving that chance to Sam Nombe for those five or six games? No I don’t. I feel so sorry that he got injured but I don’t regret the decision I made at that moment.”


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