MK Dons are expected to add more attacking recruits this summer, with sporting director Liam Sweeting confirming to the club website that there is a desire to bolster their attacking options ahead of this upcoming campaign.
The Dons have already signed a forward in Max Watters this transfer window, but with the departures of Joe Mason and Cameron Jerome confirmed, and the future of Will Grigg yet to be determined, the club currently fall short of attacking options.
After joining the Buckinghamshire club on loan from Sunderland, Grigg emerged as a standout performer for Russell Martin’s side. The 30-year-old netted eight times and provided a further three assists in his 20 games with The Dons.
Since arriving back in Wearside, Martin has indicated that Grigg is a target this summer, but they are expected to face competition from divisional rivals, according to a report by the Sun on Sunday (30.05.21, pg. 59).
In an interview with the club website, Dons’ Sporting director Sweeting said: “Obviously, though, we still need to add a few – in the wide areas and the top of the pitch – and we will also be reactive, if needed, because who knows what could happen – the window is open right until the end of August so we could still have offers on our players and, if we do, we will have to react to that.
“Fortunately, one of the benefits of the way we are structured now, is that we can do things really quickly,” he added.
“We have an owner who is here, on the phone every day and who takes a real interest in what we are doing and that means, when we all get in a room and decide we want to do something, we can go and get it done really quickly.”
Will Grigg’s goal contributions alone would have been enough for MK Dons to act, but it is also his intelligent movement and link-up play that makes him such a menace at League One level.
Sunderland seem open to letting Grigg go after a difficult spell with the club, but that can only boost MK Dons in their pursuit. The fact that Wigan have since signed Charlie Wyke could mean they are out of the running, but given their approach to this transfer window, that is not certain.
The Dons have seen three good forwards depart this summer and have only replaced one so far, so it seems that Grigg’s situation becomes the top priority.
Grigg’s experience and desire to work hard for his team would also aid the development of Watters, who will be eager to impress at third-tier level.