The off season…the period where all football fans across the country say to everyone that their side will ‘do well next season’ and have a ‘promotion capable squad’ as well as people making unrealistic predictions as to how the season will pan out despite it being a month or two away.
But with a strong end to the 2016/17 season for MK Dons and positive talk from boss Robbie Neilson, confidence is brewing amongst MK fans.
Neilson is looking very promising in the early stages of his career in Buckinghamshire. Fresh ideas as well as some fantastic results on the way catapulted the dons from relegation fears to a respectable midtable finish, which bodes well for the next campaign.
As the full time whistle blew and Sheffield United fans took to the pitch in a 3-0 win for the blades at stadium:mk in the penultimate game of the 2016/17 season, MK have a target to aim for. To be where Sheffield United finished next season.
Promotion is the aim and Neilson has not shied away from saying that’s what he wants his dons side to be aiming for a coveted place in the championship.
New faces will be coming into stadium:mk over the course of the summer, and two have already been announced to have signed on the dotted line.
Two scots, Peter Pawlett and Connor McGrandles have agreed to move to MK1. Pawlett joined on a pre-contract a couple of months back and leaves Aberdeen having made over 300 appearances for Derek McIness’ side. McGrandles, a young central midfielder has joined from Norwich City upon the expiry of his contract. The 21 year old played with the 36 year old MK boss when at Falkirk and will link up with Neilson once again, this time under his helm.
New signings will obviously follow and who knows who they will be but their seems to be a positive atmosphere within the MK Dons fanbase surrounding next season.
The deadwood such as Nicky Maynard and Daniel Powell have been shipped, with a new and no nonsense approach being brought in.
After a poor season overall last campaign, all we want is to at least challenge for promotion and then go on from there.
But as the question says… Can MK Dons challenge for promotion in 2017/18?
With a few more good signings, I think that Neilson can definitely steer MK back to the Sky Bet Championship.
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