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Oxford United have four points to show for their opening two fixtures in League One this season, but that has not stopped manager Karl Robinson looking to strengthen his squad, with Bristol City striker Matty Taylor a target, according to Bristol Live.
The U’s have until September 2 to tie up a deal for the 29-year-old, who has so-far has made only one appearance from the substitutes bench for Lee Johnson’s side.
So would Taylor be a good signing for the U’s?
“This looks like it could be a decent move for Oxford, as Taylor proved to be a useful player even at Championship level.
“The U’s are full of ambition at the moment and this signing would mark their latest statement of intent, as Taylor is definitely capable of thriving in the third tier.
“He will likely be given the chances for a solid run of games at Oxford, as this is something he was never really permitted at Ashton Gate. I think Oxford supporters could be about to see what Taylor is really all about when he is tasked with leading their line.
“It is also a move that makes a lot of sense for the player, as he will be desperate for regular game time and this move would see him join his hometown club.”
“If Oxford can get a deal over the line for Taylor between now and the end of the summer transfer window, it could prove to be a shrewd move by boss Karl Robinson.
“Whereas the forward only managed to score find the back of the net on four occasions in the Championship for Bristol City last season, a step down in level may see him revive his previous goal-scoring escapades.
“During an incredibly successful 2016/17 campaign in League One with Bristol Rovers, Taylor scored 16 goals in 27 appearances before making the controversial move to the Robins.
“If the 29-year-old can replicate or even exceed this total for Oxford this season, Robinson’s side will have every chance of bettering the 12th place finish they achieved during the previous term next May.”
“This could be shrewd, shrewd business to oversee from an Oxford perspective.
“Taylor is down the pecking order at Ashton Gate, and honestly, I’m not sure he’s a Championship striker.
“However, League One is, the 29-year-old proved that during his time with Bristol Rovers.
“16 goals in 27 outings was a great record in 2016/17, and Taylor should be a more rounded players from his spell with the Robins.
“He could score a lot of goals stepping back down with Oxford, it’d be great business.”