League One Striker of the Season: MK Dons’ Kieran Agard

Agard in search of a 4th career promotion – bbc.co.uk

This has been a poor season for MK Dons. Defensive errors that were exposed in the Championship last year have been punished, even a level lower, goalkeeper David Martin unable to repeat his 14/15 heroics. The midfield pairing of Ed Upson and Darren Potter looks slow and laboured, while the legs of long-serving left-back Dean Lewington continue to stiffen.

This campaign has served only to highlight the need for both investment and ruthless dismissal of the old guard. The good news is that the board and Robbie Neilson still have the chance to do those things, because safety is all but assured.

The fact it is can be put largely down to the goalscoring instincts of Kieran Agard, without whom MK Dons would be far worse off. The 27-year-old has netted 13 times this year, 11 the league. Since Neilson took over, MK have taken 28 points from the 16 games Agard has started, form better than Fleetwood.

His previous four full seasons have seen him either play in the Championship, or win a promotion. He achieved the latter twice in back-to-back seasons with Rotherham, then was part of Bristol City’s 14/15 side, arguably among the best in third tier history.

Major improvement is required from the Buckinghamshire side next season – Agard’s experience and quality makes him the key.