In all the excitement of Saturday’s win over Harrogate United’s second piece of business this window has gone a bit under the radar – the signing of Hiram Boateng on loan for the rest of the season from MK Dons.
U’s fans will already be familiar with Boateng, who has already spent one loan spell at the Abbey this season, making twelve appearances in the centre of midfield before being injured in the home game against Mansfield, suffering a dislocated shoulder.
Boateng joins United firstly looking to regain his fitness, from which he’s still four or five weeks away from, but also looking to regain his place in the side, having impressed during his first spell.
For us, Boateng’s return is possibly *the* most important bit of business we could have done this window, as central midfield is an area of the pitch we’ve lacked options in, with Liam O’Neil also suffering a long-term injury this season (although he too is retuning to full fitness). Adam May has been deputising alongside Paul Digby with mixed results and we also played Greg Taylor there, which is far from his best position.
Arguably one of the best midfielders in the division, Boateng’s arrival shows ambition from the U’s board and gives us a solid core in the middle of the team.
Bonner is looking to add a player to play on the right wing as well as possibly one other body before the window closes. We saw today that Sam Smith returned to Reading from his loan at Tranmere, and whilst he wouldn’t displace Mullin or Ironside as the preferred front two, he could be a useful addition to the squad, especially if Andy Dallas moves on as expected.