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Why Oxford United stance on key player should delight supporters whether he stays or goes

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Oxford United have braced themselves for interest in striker Gavin Whyte this summer, but Karl Robinson is in no mood to sell his asset right now.

Whyte only joined Oxford in the summer of 2018 and had a modest start to life in English football. He scored seven goals in 36 matches following his £100,000 move from Crusaders.

He has made the step up to senior international football with Northern Ireland and despite the relatively low goals tally, he’s valued highly by Oxford; as it turns out he’s valued very highly.

Nottingham Forest have been monitoring the forward, but Robinson has stated they’ll have to pay £4m for his services. It’s a huge price tag likely to put off any potential suitors outside the Premier League and that’s surely the intention.

Karl Robinson is a manager scorned, a brooding testament to the different styles that bring success. He struggled to put Charlton in the top six, but after he left his assistant Lee Bowyer managed it, twice.

On a decent budget last season, Oxford flopped. They finished above mid-table which was as much down to the rest of the sides in the division being bad as it was their strengths. They weren’t a bad side, but early on they lacked cohesion and rhythm.

Whyte was one player who shone and, with fellow countryman Mark Sykes, he represents the brighter future for Oxford. Their supporters might have briefly imagined trips to Salford City next season, but instead they’re still at the level they feel they belong.

To stay there, they need consistency and they need to evolve and build. Gavin Whyte, whilst surely not worth £4m, is a big part of that. Their supporters will be delighted to see such a firm statement from Robinson, ensuring that the 23-year-old remains at the Kassam for the foreseeable future.

If he doesn’t, Oxford fans can be equally as delighted at the prospect of having some real buying power. League One might have big hitters such as Sunderland in its ranks, but there’s also Southend, Accrington, Lincoln, Bury and a host of other sides with modest budgets.

Either way, the news of Whyte’s price tag is great news to Oxford fans hoping for a brighter future.


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