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In opposition: MK Dons - ones to watch

21 January 2022

The Dons have won three of their last five Sky Bet League One fixtures and have taken 11 points from their last five league games

They enter the weekend’s game at Stadium MK sitting fifth in the league table.

They have quality all over the pitch despite the departure of goalkeeper Andy Fisher and midfielder Matt O’Riley this week.

 

Theo Corbeanu

A young attacking forward with plenty of promise, Theo Corbeanu is in his first season at MK Dons on loan from parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He came through the Academy at Wolves and made his first team debut in May 2021, coming on as a second-half substitute against Tottenham Hotspur. In August 2021, Corbeanu was loaned to Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long deal, but he was recalled earlier this month and subsequently loaned out to MK Dons until the end of the current season.

He made his debut just over a week ago against AFC Wimbledon, and scored his first goal for the club last weekend at Portsmouth. He has taken 10 shots across his first two games for The Dons, with three falling on target for a 30.0% shots on target average. He is averaging 5.26 shots per game so far.

Internationally, he was called up to the Canadian senior team in December 2020, and since that time, Corbeanu has played in six games and scored two goals for his home country.

 

 

Mohamed Eisa

Sudanese footballer Mohamed Eisa joined MK Dons in August 2021, arriving to Stadium MK after a two-season stay at Peterborough United.

The speedy forward began his professional career at Dartford, playing just a pair of games for the National League South side between 2012 and 2015. However, he served several loan spells during his time with Dartford, playing at Leatherhead (2013-14), VCD Athletic (2014-15) and Corinthian (2014-15). In 2015, Eisa made a permanent move to Greenwich Borough, where he would spend the next two seasons, going on to score 57 goals in 100 appearances for the non-league side, until his departure in June 2017. In 2017, he joined Cheltenham Town winning the 2017/18 Supporters’ Player of the Year award, in addition to being named Players’ Player of the Year and Sponsors’ Player of the Year at the club’s end of season awards ceremony.

He scored 25 goals across all competitions for Cheltenham, breaking the club’s record for most goals in a single season, on his way to being nominated for the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season award.

He played the 2018/19 season with Bristol City, and later scored more than 16 goals for Peterborough United for the following two seasons until his move to MK Dons. This season at MK Dons, Eisa has netted seven goals across all competitions, including two in his last three matches. He also has one assist.

 

Dean Lewington

Born in Kingston upon Thyme, Dean Lewington made his professional debut for AFC Wimbledon in April 2003.

He remained at the club through their relegation the following season and followed Milton Keynes Dons when they formed in 2004. The rest, as they say, is history.

As Lewington has never played for another club since becoming an official member of MK Dons in 2004. He is the name most synonymous with the club over the years. Not only has Lewington served the club proudly as a player, but he was even named caretaker manager (August 2021) for a very short spell prior to the arrival of current head coach Liam Manning. The long-time captain collected his 700th career cap earlier this season in a 1-0 win over Portsmouth, and he has scored 21 goals in his MK Dons career. With his 700th career appearance, Lewington joined such names as Roy Sproson (Port Vale), Jimmy Dickson (Portsmouth) and John Trollope (Swindon Town) as the only players in EFL history to have amassed 700 league appearance for a single league club.

So far during the 2021/22 season, the natural left-back has played in 25 matches, drawing a start in 23 of those contests. He has served up 17 crosses into the box, as well as winning 20 tackles and registering 21 interceptions on defence.

 

Scott Twine

A product of the Swindon Town Academy, Scott Twine served as the first signing of the transfer window for Dons. Before arriving to Stadium MK, Twine enjoyed somewhat of a breakout campaign at Newport County, where he was on loan for the 2020/21 season from his parent club Swindon Town.

He would go on to be named Newport County’s Young Player of the Season in addition to collecting the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month for October (also his first goal for the club) scored in a 1-0 win over Cambridge United in the Papa John’s Trophy.

This season, Twine leads the Dons with 11 goals scored, including a hat trick in the team’s 3-3 draw with Fleetwood Town. He’s also recorded two braces in games against Cambridge United and Lincoln City. His eight assists put him ahead of his team-mates in that department.

He is averaging 0.41 goals per game, while averaging 0.30 assists per game. Twine has taken 106 shots this season, with a team-leading 41 of those shots falling on target. He holds a 38.7% shots on target average to go along with a 1.52 shots on target per game average. From his forward position, Twine has sent in a team second-most 71 crosses, adding 12 interceptions with 16 tackles won.

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