Sam Baldock (Striker)
15th Mar 1989 (Bedford)Signed:
26th Aug 2011 (£2,000,000)Contract:
4 years + 1 year optionPrevious Club:
MK DonsKUMB Awards:
'Little Sam' was signed by 'Big Sam' from League One MK Dons on the back of a tremendous start to the 2011/12 campaign, in which he scored six goals in his club's opening six games of the season including a hat-trick against Chesterfield, a match watched by Allardyce.
The first ever player to come through MK Dons' youth system, Baldock looked like joining Peterborough in a £1.2million switch earlier in the summer after the fee was accepted. However he rejected the move in order to remain at Stadium:MK.
But just a matter of weeks later he was snapped up by Sam Allardyce, who paid £2million + clauses to land the youngster despite interest from fellow Championship clubs Southampton and Reading.