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How new Oxford United signing might fit into the team next season

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With plenty of pre-season left to go, it’s hard to give a clear indication of where new signings might fit into an existing setup.

In many cases, fans will have to wait until pre-season to see exactly how their side intends to utilise their latest signings and new faces.

Oxford United fans will be keen to see new players arriving in the coming weeks. They’ve added Alex Gorrin and Tarique Fosu to their ranks, but they’re fending off interest in striker Gavin Whyte.

Karl Robinson is hoping for a better campaign after last season’s struggles. They finished in the top half of the table, but spent much of the campaign nervously looking at the teams around them in the bottom six.

A late surge showed their potential if the right players are brought in.

One new face is winger Fosu, a former Robinson protege who played for him at Charlton. He found his chances limited under Lee Bowyer, but could play a key role for Oxford next season.

Despite there being plenty of business left to do, we look at the likely position Fosu will occupy next season.


Robinson enjoyed playing a 4-2-3-1 last season and it’s expected he won’t tinker with that too much. One of his new faces, midfielder Alex Gorrin, will surely sit in the holding role.

Having lost key loan players such as Marcus Browne and Jerome Sinclair, the Oxford boss will be needing to add attacking prowess to his ranks. The current line-up sees a gaping gap at the back where Curtis Nelson used to play, but Fosu won’t be anywhere near that role.

Last season he spent time in left midfield, on the left wing and sat behind the main striker. He’ll offer flexibility if he’s coming from the bench, able to fill the roles we have James Henry and Mark Sykes in on our graphic.

However, he’s surely going to be deployed on the left wing, which is where he enjoyed most of his success under Robinson before. Marcus Browne played there for a percentage of last season and, like Fosu, he could also operate across that bank of three.

Fosu is therefore a likely replacement for the West Ham loanee.


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