Future of MK Dons striker still in doubt

Speaking after New Year’s Days emphatic 6-0 defeat of Cambridge United, MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale admitted he was still in the dark over the future of on-loan striker Rhys Healey.

Healey scored twice on Tuesday, taking his tally for the season to nine across all competitions. However, the popular 24-year-olds loan deal expires at the weekend, and while Tisdale would be keen to keep the striker at Stadium MK for the rest of the season, he admitted the decision was out of his hands.

“We’d love to get him back, and before we look elsewhere we’ll be looking to get him back, but he’s Cardiff’s player and Neil Warnock is his manager – they will make a decision on what is right for Cardiff and, after that, we will respond accordingly.”

Speculation regarding the future of marksman Chuks Aneke will also almost certainly surround Stadium MK during January. Aneke came close to leaving before the start of the season but stayed and as so far scored thirteen times. However, the 25-year-olds contract is up in the summer. Tisdale has always stressed he wants to keep Aneke at the club but also hinted that if the money were right, there would be little he could do to stand in the talented players way.

I can’t can I, because there is always speculation,” said the manager. “But it won’t be about the speculation, but it will be about other people, and money. It’s a different situation to August. Then, he had a year of his contract, but now there’s only three or four months left.”

The goals of Healey and Aneke have helped MK Dons rise to second in League 2.

Our View

The board at Mk Dons have heavily backed Tisdale since his arrival from Exeter in the summer, and while it appears that the future of both players is out of his hands, the club will be doing everything it can to keep them at Stadium MK for the rest of the season. 

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