MK Dons fans were left absoultely delighted after learning they had secured Chelsea forward Charlie Brown on a permanent deal.
Brown had been representing the Blues since a move from Ipswich Town in 2016, separated by a brief loan spell at Royale Union SG in the Belgian First Division B league.
At just 21, the striker scored 53 goals in 108 appearances for Chelsea’s respective youth sides, but never made it into the senior set up.
Now introduced as a significant signing for the Dons, many of their supporters were singing the praises of his arrival.
His CV certainly does not disappoint. Brown managed 10 goals during his maiden campaign at Cobham, including four second-half strikes against Brighton and Hove Albion.
He netted a brace in the Under-18 League Cup final to overcome Tottenham Hotspur, and was awarded the UEFA Youth League Golden Boot for 2018/19, bagging 12 in nine games.
Frank Lampard’s right-hand man, Jody Morris, has first-hand experience of the clinical striker, having coached him at Under-18 level.
On the MK Dons official website, manager Russell Martin stated that Brown had waved off fellow suitors in preference of the League One side, saying, “He’s shown a lot of intent to come and play for MK Dons – turning down some more lucrative offers because he believes in what we’re doing here.”
Martin was not the only one marvelling at his recruitment, his joy was echoed by those on social media.
Despite being sat in 16th place position in the third division, MK have only lost twice in their last seven fixtures, including a narrow FA Cup exit against Burnley on penalties.
Supporters were in good spirits, making the most of the ‘Charlie Brown’ joke before it got old.
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It is always rewarding seeing an academy product earn a transfer away from Chelsea, especially to a team of some stature like MK Dons.
There is a feeling of regret that Brown never got a real chance under Frank Lampard, particularly because of the Morris connection and his excellent rate in front of goal. Yet, he will learn a lot from plying his trade in the lower leagues, so best of luck to him.