MK Dons have found themselves in a shoot-out with Mansfield Town for the last automatic promotion spot in League Two this season, despite seemingly being set for a title showdown with Lincoln City at one point.
As the Imps and Bury fight it out for the top two positions, it’s left to Mansfield and the Dons to settle for third or fourth, as long as they can hold off Tranmere coming up in fifth position.
It’s an engrossing end to a season packed full of twists and turns, but for one 25-year-old it might all be a bit damaging to his career.
Chuks Aneke had a fine footballing upbringing, coming through the ranks at Arsenal and enjoying loan spells with Crewe Alexandra. He looked set for a bright future but a move to Zulte Waregem didn’t work out as he might have hoped.
He came back to England with MK Dons who, at the times, harboured ambitions of the Championship.
Instead, they plunged into League Two with Aneke seemingly set for a summer departure. A loan move to crisis-club Bolton Wanderers didn’t materialise and after an indifferent start where he trained just twice with Paul Tisdale’s side, he got his head down and applied himself.
He came into the side in September, finally in the right frame of mind to make an impact and he did just that. In his 33 appearances in all competitions, he’s bagged 17 goals.
How he’ll be feeling now is the question. He’s certainly kept himself in the headlines, scoring goals and applying himself well, but what if his side do not earn promotion?
The Bolton move collapsing will feel like a reprieve in hindsight, but surely he’ll be looking for the next big move in the summer.
Aneke is an athletic striker with a great record in League Two, but if MK Dons don’t match his ambition then he could hunt a move again this summer.
There’s a lot riding on their final eight matches, more than simple promotion.