Oxford United are well amongst the leading contenders for a top six spot this season and could even be dreaming now of a promotion to the Championship ahead of the next campaign.
One player who has been pivotal for the club so far this year has been Gavin Whyte, who has managed 11 goal contributions in just 28 League One outings so far. With an average of 0.52 goals or assists per 90, he’s been crucial to helping Oxford climb the league.
With the side well in the running for a play-off spot then and a potential promotion at the end of it, supporters will want him to keep his form up and won’t want to see him leave the side in the summer.
With Whyte only with the U’s on a short-term deal from Cardiff though, that is a very real possibility although the player has now told Oxford Mail that he isn’t thinking about where he will be next season.
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A promotion could potentially allow Karl Robinson to land the player permanently, although his ten assists in the third tier will not have gone unnoticed by his parent club, who may decide to give him a go when he returns.
Having only ever played 37 times for the Bluebirds though, there is every chance he could be available when his loan deal comes to a close. However, the 26-year-old has kept his cards close to his chest and told the Oxford Mail that he ‘isn’t looking too far ahead’ in terms of where his future lies for now.
He said: “I haven’t really thought about it too much, I’m just taking it in the moment.
“I can’t really look too far ahead, I love being here and I just want to play as many games as I can until the end of the season. The reason I came here is because I loved it so much when I was first here.”
Gavin Whyte has certainly made quite the impression during his time with Oxford and they’ll no doubt already be thinking about ways to keep him at the club.
The forward has been very important to their chances in League One this year and even if they do manage to go up to the Championship, they won’t want to lose someone who has been so key for them this campaign. If they end up staying in the third tier too, they already know he can produce the goods.
Considering how often he has been utilised at Cardiff, there is every chance they could land him again in summer whether on a permanent deal or in another loan move. Either way, the Bluebirds haven’t had a place for him so far.
The hope then might be that his future, even if he isn’t thinking about it himself right now, may be with Oxford.