At just 21-years of age David Kasumu donned the Captain’s armband for MK Dons’ clash with Southampton B – an achievement he’s hoping can inspire fellow Academy players.
Having enjoyed a breakout campaign last season, the midfielder has become a first-team regular at Stadium MK under Russell Martin.
His hard work in training and impressive performances were rewarded on Wednesday night as Kasumu led the side for the first time in his career.
However, the youngster was eager to reiterate that the achievement doesn’t mean he can take his foot off the gas.
“It was an unreal feeling being told I was going to captain the boys - I was honoured,” Kasumu told the local media ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sunderland. “The cup games are such a big opportunity for everyone to showcase their abilities and have the chance to play.
“Seeing all the young boys playing the way they did is inspiring. We’ve all been at that stage and I could see in their faces they were so happy. They’ll keep improving and making many more appearances.
“The route I’ve taken from the academy into the first team and making my debut at a young age - it’s what every academy player wants to do. The academy players will look at that and want to achieve it for themselves.
“They can do that, it’s about hard work, I told them it could be a regular thing if they keep working hard. I will be someone that the young players can look at for advice, i’s something that they can achieve if they keep learning and take on the information.”
MK Dons are back in Sky Bet League One action this weekend, as they take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Due to the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions, the tie will take place behind closed doors but fans will be able to watch the match courtesy of an iFollow MK Dons Video Match Pass.
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