MK Dons boss shares update on Leeds-linked left-back Sorinola
MK Dons manager Russell Martin has confirmed Matthew Sorinola is yet to sign a new contract despite speculation linking him with a move to Leeds United.
TeamTalk reported in December that Leeds were among a number of clubs who were monitoring Sorinola’s situation in Milton Keynes after the 20-year-old left-back broke into Martin’s first-team squad.
Sorinola has made 21 League One appearances for MK Dons this season but his deal with the Buckinghamshire club expires in the summer.
However, despite being offered fresh terms, the London-born youngster is yet to accept a new deal with speculation linking him with a move away.
“The situation with him hasn’t changed,” Martin said, as quoted by MK Citizen. “He got offered a contract a long time ago, one which we consider fair and fits in with the structure of our club and for a young player but he hasn’t signed it. There has been no real discussion from his end.
“He has a decision to make at some point, but I cannot let it rumble on to the end of the season – that’s not ideal for anyone.”
Martin added: “It’s frustrating for me, but he’s not been frozen out, he’s missed out on being in the squad once, he was back in the squad on Saturday, he’ll be involved [today].”
Sorinola back in the squad
Martin was true to his word and Sorinola did play on Tuesday night when he came off the bench in MK Dons’ 3-2 defeat away at Gillingham.
He only played for the last 11 minutes but it was still Sorinola’s first appearance back in the side after missing the two previous matches.
MK Dons have struggled in League One this season but it seems Sorinola has been one bright light in their third-tier campaign.
Leeds aren’t the only team who are reported to have watched the former Fulham academy player as TeamTalk claims West Ham, Newcastle, West Brom, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Brentford, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough have all made checks since the start of the season.
That is a lot of clubs who TeamTalk have named and, unfortunately, the more clubs linked with a player in a report dampens the veracity of it.
However, Leeds definitely need a new left-back in the summer with Ezgjan Alioski yet to sign a new contract and yet to really prove he’s Premier League material and Stuart Dallas showing he’s handier in the attack than at the back.
Sorinola is an attack-minded left-back and we’d like to see someone of his ilk signed ahead of next season.
But will stepping up from League One to the Premier League prove too much for a relatively untested young player?
He’s definitely Under-23s material but first-team? Maybe not yet.
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