The summer transfer window saw something of a squad overhaul at Sheffield Wednesday, with several players arriving at Hillsborough in an attempt to improve the squad, and plenty of others moving on as a result.
One of those who was moved on by the Owls during the summer transfer window, was striker Sam Winnall.
Having joined Wednesday back in the 2017 January transfer window, Winnall scored just six goals in 43 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire club, and was released last summer following the expiration of his contract.
But despite his departure from Hillsborough, Winnall was not without a club for long, with League One side Oxford United snapping up the now-30-year-old forward on a two-year deal, with the option of a third, back in September.
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Since his arrival at the Kassam Stadium however, it could be argued that things have not exactly gone as planned for Winnall.
The striker, who spent several weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury through November and December, has also struggled for opportunities when fit.
Winnall has yet to start a game in the league for Oxford this season, with all nine of his appearances in League One coming from the bench, where he has yet to find the net.
Indeed, the striker’s only starts and goals for the club up until have come in the EFL Trophy, with the 30-year-old starting three games in that competitions, with both his goals coming in the Us’ 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon at the quarter final stage in early February.
But with Oxford currently on an outstanding run in the league, winning eight of their last nine league games to put them firmly in contention for a play-off place, it is not going to be easy for Winnall to force his way into Karl Robinson’s starting lineup on a regular basis, if their form continues as it is.
As a result, you feel as though Winnall may well be glad for the length of his contract at Oxford, since it gives him more chance to get the run in the starting lineup for the Us that it seems he needs, with things very much yet to fall his way since that departure from Sheffield Wednesday.