After a pretty uninspiring beginning to their League One campaign, AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes has moved quickly to strengthen his squad before the end of transfer window, making a somewhat unexpected three additions on deadline day.
The first incoming of the day came in the form of 20-year-old Finnish striker Marcus Forss, who signed on a season-long loan from fellow London club Brentford.
Forss arrives at Kingsmeadow with a blossoming reputation, having represented his country at under 18, 19 and 21 level. The Finish front man has found the net three times in 12 games for the Bees’ first team, including an impressive strike against Preston North End at the back end of last season.
Despite standing at six foot one inches, Forss is not seen by Dons manager Downes as a natural ‘target man’, with the youngster possessing a great turn of pace that allows him to get in behind the opposition defence.
Whilst in contrast to this, the Brentford loanee also displays great ability to play with his back to goal and should definitely be considered something of a penalty box finisher if this footage is anything to go by. Forss will provide another good option to compliment the existing Dons front line of Joe Pigott, Kwesi Appiah, Michael Folivi and Adam Roscrow.
The second arrival of the day was versatile defender Ryan Delaney from fellow League One side Rochdale, on a loan deal until January – the five-cap Irish under-21 international will provide much needed reinforcement to the Dons back line with defender Rod McDonald being ruled out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.
22-year-old Delaney adds to what is an already young backline, with the Irishman having played 57 games for the Dale, some Wimbledon fans may feel that a more experienced head was required.
However, what Delaney lacks in experience he makes up for in versatility, having played at both left back and centre back on numerous occasions for his parent club.
Add into the mix the left-footed defenders height, with the Irishman standing at six foot five inches, he should comfortably slot into the left side of the back three of Wimbledon’s chosen 5-3-2 formation, a formation that Delaney will find easy to take too, given that Rochdale played with a back three on several occasions last season.
Last, but by no means least, Wimbledon announced the season-long loan signing of 20-year-old Brighton midfielder Max Sanders, a player who comes to the Dons on the back of captaining Brighton’s under 23 side in the past.
Again, this signing represents another low-risk addition to the Dons squad, with Sanders seemingly also well suited to the Don’s 5-3-2 system, given that he is adept at linking the play between the midfield and forward lines, a trait that Wimbledon have been lacking in recent games, with the Dons defence usually by-passing the midfield three by playing long balls up to the frontline.
Only time will tell if these additions will make a strong impact on the squad this season, however, these three options will provide much greater squad depth for what is a small Dons squad on paper.