With the transfer window already open we look at what business the U’s might do.
We’d be amazed if United don’t try and capture the permanent signature of Hiram Boateng from MK Dons, although there may be other suitors for him if his future isn’t in Milton Keynes. If we don’t sign him, another central midfielder must be on the cards, especially if Liam O’Neil is still a way from returning. After Idris El Mizouni returned to Ipswich we’re left wanting a bit of creativity in the middle of the park, but his departure should hopefully free up funds for a replacement.
Dimi Mitov hasn’t done much wrong this season, and Callum Burton has stepped up when required, but neither fill us with confidence. A new goalkeeper would be a welcome addition.
There’s been talk of a new centre-forward, with Reading’s Sam Smith due to finish his loan at Tranmere in January. We know what he can do following his time on loan here last season.
Andy Dallas looks almost certain to leave the Abbey in January, either on loan or a permanent move, with Scotland the most likely destination. Paul Mullin must be attracting a lot of attention, but he’ll be able to move on a free in the Summer so fingers crossed he stays put. We’d be surprised if Kyle Knoyle doesn’t attract any interest, being one of our standout performers so far this season, and one of the most creative right-backs in the League.
Kai McKenzie-Lyle hasn’t been anywhere near the first team but is obviously rated as one for the future, so will probably head out on loan, and he’ll doubtless be joined by a few of our youngsters.