'Top-class': 22-year-old Chelsea loanee has already really impressed his new teammate in training

MK Dons captain Dean Lewington has applauded Jamie Cumming for his impact after arriving on loan from Chelsea earlier this month.

As quoted by the MK Citizen, Lewington noted the goalkeeper’s quality after only spending a few training sessions together.

Cumming joined the Dons just over a week ago, having spent the first half of the season with relegation threated Gillingham.

The 22-year-old was often a bright spark in what’s been a pretty dismal campaign for the Gills, who are currently rooted to the bottom of League 1.

To avoid having a demotion on his CV, the young ‘keeper decided to join a club at the opposite end of the division.

MK Dons are currently fourth in the table, with two games in hand on those situated in fourth and second.

However, their defensive record is actually one of the worst in the top half, keeping just two clean sheets from their past seven matches.

This should change now Cumming is between their sticks.

According to WhoScored.com, only David Stockdale of Wycombe Wanderers has made more saves this term (97) than the Chelsea loanee (90).

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Kind words from the captain

Lewington certainly shared the sentiment that the newly signed shot stopper will be a fine addition to the team.

“It was nice to have a full week of training with him,” said the veteran full-back.

“He arrived late before the Portsmouth game and we didn’t get much time with him. So it was good to have a week to get settled.

“He looks a top-class keeper, he’s good with his feet which meets what we are trying to do and he will be a really positive addition to the team.”

Having made nearly 900 appearances for the Dons, few are better placed to cast judgement on new players than Lewington.

If Cumming can help MK back into the Championship for the first time since 2016, he will earn a cult hero status of his own.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.