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Oxford United loanee Forster-Caskey happy at U's
Jake Forster-Caskey says he is happy to play anywhere for Oxford United after taking on a new role in midweek.
The teenager has been a big hit since joining on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer.
He has mainly been used as an attack-minded midfielder, making the best use of his creative talents.
But on Tuesday a lack of alternative options saw Forster-Caskey drop deeper after Lee Cox went off at half time against AFC Wimbledon.
The loanee, who scored the opening goal in the 3-2 win with a superb free-kick, took on the added responsibility with ease.
Although he would rather play a role in the attacking third, the 18-year-old was pleased to help.
“I’m not sure I like that too much – I prefer going forward – but I’d do anything to be honest,” he said.
“I’m really enjoying it, I’ve got my third goal of the season and I’m delighted about that.
“Every time I play I don’t want to lose or draw, I want to win.
“No matter where I’m playing, whether it’s back at Brighton or Oxford I’ll never give less than 100 per cent and I think the supporters saw that (against Wimbledon).”
Forster-Caskey’s arrival has helped offset the loss of U’s star man Peter Leven, who has played a total of just 80 minutes this season due to injury.
The club did their homework on the youngster before completing the six-month loan deal, but first-team coach Andy Melville is thrilled with the impact the talent has made.
He said: “When you bring a young lad in you obviously do your groundwork and we watched him a few times.
“We knew about Jake’s personality and his work ethic every day for an 18-year-old is different class.
“He’s come into the club and shown it and he drives the older ones on, which makes our job easier.”