Oxford United are set to win the race for Charlton winger Tariqe Fosu, with Lee Bowyer confirming the 23-year-old’s destination.
He had also been linked with a move to Lincoln City, but he’s set to reunite with Karl Robinson, the manager who gave him plenty of game time at the Valley.
He fell out of favour under Lee Bowyer and struggled for game time last season, but he looks set to become an Oxford player. It’s some good news for their boss, who has already missed out on two transfer targets in Danny Wilson and Jerome Sinclair.
Fosu will cost a fee and as such is likely to get plenty of game time, which will have effects on Oxford’s plans for the coming season.
We look at three possible knock-on effects of his arrival at the Kassam Stadium.
Luke Garbutt move off?
Karl Robinson had been linked with a move for Luke Garbutt, the Everton left-back who progressed to a midfielder and winger last season.
Fosu’s arrival will see him fill a void on the left-hand side of the pitch, which might knock Garbutt down the list of priorities.
Robinson used a number of formations last season, with 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1 the two most popular. It’s likely Fosu arriving will leave him leaning towards the latter, where a natural left-footed winger is afforded more opportunity to get out wide further up the field.
Marcus Browne often appeared on the left in that formation, another loan player currently back with his parent club.
Jordan Graham move?
Graham was a third player who had played out wide on the left and another who is likely to not see another loan move materialise because of this switch.
Robinson won’t go in heavily for another left winger as he clearly believes in Fosu, having seen him flourish at Charlton during his tenure there.