Liam Manning’s side had 29 shots against the Chairboys but could only find the net once at Stadium MK meaning they lost the tie 2-1 on aggregate and are set for another season in the third tier.
The problem they face is that their impressive season will not have gone unnoticed among Championship clubs and falling short of promotion opens the door for such sides to swoop.
The defender is understood to be a favourite of Martin’s and it’s clear to see why based on his performances this term.
The towering centre-back offers defensive solidity coupled with a comfort and confidence in possession that has allowed him to flourish under the Swansea boss in the past and suggests he should fit well in South Wales.
According to Wyscout, only two League One players made more passes than Darling last season (2587) while he also ranks fourth in passes per 90 (57.01) and finished with an impressive completion rate of 89.4%.
The 22-year-old was named alongside MK Dons teammate Scott Twine in the EFL League One Team of the Season after a 2021/22 campaign that highlighted he’s ready for the step up to the Championship.
The defeat to Wycombe confirms that he can’t make that step up with his current club this summer and surely means the opportunity is there for the Swans to strike.
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Manning has admitted that MK Dons have to be ready for players to leave this summer, which suggests that if the fee is right the defender can depart.
Raiding his former club has paid dividends for Martin already, with Andy Fisher settling well between the sticks after making the move in January, and Darling looks an obvious target.
Things would’ve been difficult had the League One side secured promotion but their play-off exit looks to have left the door open for the Swans boss to go and get his man.