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MK Dons XI if they’d kept their best players featuring Ligue 2 top scorer and three England internationals

Dele Alli may well be the highest-profile former MK Dons player but there are several other stars to have come through the League One side’s…

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Dele Alli may well be the highest-profile former MK Dons player but there are several other stars to have come through the League One side’s ranks.

Ladunblog Sport has put together an MK Dons XI if they’d kept their best players.

MK Dons XI if they’d kept their best players

Andy Fisher – Swansea City

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After being signed from Blackburn Rovers, Fisher went on to make 64 appearances for MK Dons before following the former Buckinghamshire-based side’s manager Russell Martin to Swansea City after being signed in January.

The 24-year-old made 20 Championship appearances for the Welsh side during the second half of the campaign.

George Baldock – Sheffield United

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Like Alli, Baldock was part of the MK Dons side that humiliated Manchester United with a 4-0 win at the Stadium MK against Louis van Gaal’s Reds.

The four-time Greece international made 125 appearances for the Dons before joining Sheffield United five years ago.

The right-back was a regular for Chris Wilder during the Blades’ two seasons in the Premier League.

Harry Darling – Swansea

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Another player that has been snapped up by former boss Martin is the talented centre-back Darling.

Having been signed from Cambridge United by Martin, the 22-year-old made 72 appearances for the League One side and he scored ten goals last season.

Kevin Long – Burnley

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The Republic of Ireland international only made two Championship appearances during a brief loan spell from Burnley, but the centre-halve has gone on to make 48 appearances in the Premier League.

Matthew Sorinola – Swansea

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The third former MK Dons player to be reunited with Martin at the Liberty Stadium is left-back Sorinola.

During his solitary campaign playing under the Scotsman, the former Fulham youngster scored two goals and laid on six assists from 45 matches.

The 21-year-old has joined the Welsh club on a season-long loan from Belgian Juplier Pro League side Royale Union Saint Gilloise.

Matt O’Riley – Celtic

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Following his release from Fulham, MK Dons snapped up the one-time Denmark Under-21 international in January 2021.

After just 12 months with the League One side, the 21-year-old midfielder was signed by Scottish giants Celtic.

Since joining the Hoops, O’Riley has made 20 appearances which brought four goals and two assists, as well getting a Scottish Premiership winner’s medal.

From 54 games for MK Dons, he scored 10 goals and laid on eight assists.

Dele Alli – Everton

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This man needs no introduction, but the former MK Dons wonderkid’s career has significantly stagnated following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

After struggling to rekindle his former electrifying form under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, the former boy wonder is out of favour for club and country.

After being brought to Goodison Park by Frank Lampard in January, Alli only made two Premier League starts for Everton.

Cristian Benavente – Alianza Lima

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Following his arrival from Real Madrid’s Castilla side in 2015, the Peruvian only went on to make five appearances for MK Dons.

But after shining in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League with Charleroi, the attacking midfielder is currently plying his trade back in his homeland.

MK Dons didn’t see the best of the South American, but it’s clear the playmaker has the qualities to be an asset, but the pace and physicality of English football didn’t suit the slower tempo the 28-year-old needed to shine.

Harvey Barnes – Leicester City

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Barnes’ first loan move away from the Foxes came via a switch to the Stadium MK for the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.

The pacey winger scored six goals from 21 games and he’s gone on to become one of the best wingers in the Premier League and country.

The one-time England international will still have aspirations of forming part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

Rhys Healey – Toulouse

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The Manchester-born striker spent two stints with MK Dons after the club signed him on a permanent deal following an initial loan spell from Cardiff City.

Healey averaged goal every other game before joining Toulouse – scoring 21 goals from 42 games.

After moving to France in 2020, the 27-year-old has maintained his impressive goalscoring rate and has scored 37 goals from 73 games.

He was last season’s Ligue 2 top scorer with 20 goals and he helped fire Toulouse to Ligue 1 promotion.

Patrick Bamford – Leeds United

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During his time at Chelsea, the left-footed striker spent two loan spells with MK Dons from which he scored 21 goals from 44 games.

The one-time England international has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but he has proven when he is fit and available that he will bring goals to any team.

After scoring 17 Premier League goals upon Leeds’ return to the big time, the 28-year-old only made nine top-flight appearances last season.

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