Izale Central To MK Dons Plans
It would be fair to say that Izale McLeod's return to Milton Keynes Dons hasn't been as successful as it was hoped it would be.
They often say "never go back", that rule was broken when we returned to bring him back to stadium:mk in January after he was released from his contract with Portsmouth.
I'm not saying that such a train of thought is correct but if you were being completely honest if you compare this spell to his first, and highly successful one, with us it's nothing like that one.
Not only has Izale struggled to find the goals, he has managed only three since he returned to the club he's struggled to make it into the starting XI, starting just two league one games this season.
A move away in a loan capacity (having been linked with Northampton) has been ruled out though with Karl Robinson insisting that despite interest being shown in him the striker isn't for sale and remains "central to his plans" going forward.
Robinson told BBC Radio Three Counties: 'There may have been an opportunity for him to go, but he is too important to us at this moment in time.
'Izale wanted to go play games, but Izale wanted to play football here.'
'I want people here with the same passion as mine and he has that in abundance.
'When we are going through a sticky patch, not winning many games, I want to make sure that we are keeping the right people around the football club, those who believe in the football club - Izale is certainly one of them.
'He gives us a different threat, he comes off the bench and changes games - he has attitude and passion for the club.'
Given the fine form that Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford has been in this season it's little wonder that McLeod can't dislodge him, but what he can influence is Robinson's thoughts when he does come off the bench.
If McLeod can start doing what he's so fondly remembered for doing at this club (he's our all time leading goalscorer of course) he can work himself back into contention for a starting place, which if he does he needs to prove he's worthy of keeping it.