Transfer deadline day finishes with a flurry of activity or the Dons. 3 ins and 1 out. We signed more players in one day than Arsenal made all summer. Who says it’s not exciting in League One?
In comes Aidan Nesbitt, a promising young winger from Celtic. In comes Alex Gilbey, a young midfielder from Wigan. In comes Scott Golbourne, an experienced full back, on loan from Bristol City. Out goes Paul Downing, who has joined Blackburn on loan.
20-year old Nesbitt, who has signed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee, comes with some potential – or so we’re told. An attacking winger, who once scored a hat-trick in the Scottish Youth Cup Final, won the Celtic Academy Player of the Year award for 2015-16. Just over 12 months ago! Let’s hope he can hold his own in our attacking play and really add some competition up there with some of the other new lads.
Dagenham-born Gilbey has signed a three-year deal at Stadium MK, after joining from Wigan. Another 2015-16 award here – Gilbey won Colchester’s Player of the Year just over 12 months ago, before joining Wigan. Comes with a reputation that he is a model professional on and off the field, backed up by the fact he was Colchester vice-captain at his young age. He should give the central midfield some competition for places and that’s always a good thing…
Scott Golbourne comes in on loan from Bristol City. He has a wealth of experience, having played much football in Leagues One and Two, the Championship and a handful of games at Premier League level. A much welcome addition, and at 29, he instantly becomes the second oldest player at the club!
A perhaps worrying statistic that last one. Experience in football (and most other careers) is a good thing and the squad looks a bit young this year. Of course, some of the younger players have plenty of games under their belts, but sometimes a calm and experienced player can help the younger players by setting examples and taking them under their wing. Darren Potter, David Martin & Dean Bowditch had over 1200 games of experience between them! But, let’s move on – just as they have. Robbie Neilson has a history with younger players, as well as being young for a manager himself! He has his reasons for investing in youth and when you look at Tottenham Hotspur, you can see why. They’ve got a youthful squad, including young Dele Alli (you’re welcome Mr Levy) and they finished 2nd in the Premier League with bloody tonnes and tonnes of media admiration of last season. We at DonsBlog, are very excited to continue with the season – despite the not so great August results!
So all in all, 12 new recruits this summer, a major overhaul indeed. They’ve all got to meet, train and then get to know each other both on and off the pitch. Hopefully they all begin to gel quickly, or this season could become a long one! Plenty of competition for places, in all areas of the pitch, mixed in with youthful exuberance and desire is a tasty looking recipe. All the signings seem good value for money and let’s hope the results start rolling in now the squad is finalised.
See you at the game on Saturday. COYD!