New signings would help Oxford United, says Kitson

Herald Series: Dave KItson, pictured straining to reach the ball in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup, thinks Oxford United would benefit from two new signings Dave KItson, pictured straining to reach the ball in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup, thinks Oxford United would benefit from two new signings

DAVE Kitson says he would welcome a couple of new signings in the January transfer window if Oxford United have the scope to make a move.

The former Premier League striker believes the squad will be put under the strain of a congested fixture list inthe next few weeks, but did not know whether strengthening this month was feasible.

Aside from the emergency loan of back-up goalkeeper Jonathan Henly, the only change this month has seen Nicky Wroe joining on loan until the end of the season, replacing the exiting Asa Hall.

The U’s visit Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow in what is the third game in a sequence of 12 fixtures packed into five weeks.

Kitson said: “It’s a problem in the sense that we have a small squad and it puts a strain on us.

“We haven’t got enough players as it is, so a couple more would be really welcome.

“I don’t know whether we will do anything in this window, hopefully we will.

“Obviously we have brought Wroey in, who is another body for us and a good player, so if we can add to that it would definitely help us.”

U’s chairman Ian Lenagan has implemented a clear philosophy to use the players in the club’s new development squad.

Last month he told the Oxford Mail he expected January would be a quiet month.

He said: “To sign somebody we almost have to lose somebody.

“If a very good player came along Chris (Wilder) might persuade me to take them, but it’s not something we are actively looking for at this moment.”

Kitson, who thinks United would be an attractive club in the transfer market, stressed he felt everyone at the club was doing what they could to earn promotion.

But the forward, who turns 34 next week, was happy to add his opinion to the debate.

“Everybody is an expert of course, but I have always called it as I see it from the first day I started playing football and I’ll continue to do so,” he said.

“For me, a couple of bodies would be very welcome. But I don’t know if we can afford them.”

He added: “It’s difficult in January, but there are players available and this is a good club to come to.

“If our club showed interest in a player, I’m sure it would be taken very seriously.”

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9:38am Fri 17 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

We could do with 5 new class players. Some of what we have are not quite good enough.
We could do with 5 new class players. Some of what we have are not quite good enough. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -23

12:50pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ox85 says...

I agree with Lenegan on this one. Whats the point in having a development squad if you bring in a new player whenever you've got a few knocks? When will they ever get a game and some development time on the pitch? You have to give the youngsters and chance and to be honest they haven't let us down at all this season. Ruffles for one seems to be more than capable of providing adequate cover and the opportunity is there for Marsh and co if they want to take it. The development squad may take time to consistently deliver players of a good standard to the first team, I'd imagine many of the current crop won't wake it, but by adopting this approach it should deliver results in the long term. Short term loans generally don't work and certainly don't deliver any significant long term benefits and we don't have a budget that stretches to bringing in players left, right and centre.
I agree with Lenegan on this one. Whats the point in having a development squad if you bring in a new player whenever you've got a few knocks? When will they ever get a game and some development time on the pitch? You have to give the youngsters and chance and to be honest they haven't let us down at all this season. Ruffles for one seems to be more than capable of providing adequate cover and the opportunity is there for Marsh and co if they want to take it. The development squad may take time to consistently deliver players of a good standard to the first team, I'd imagine many of the current crop won't wake it, but by adopting this approach it should deliver results in the long term. Short term loans generally don't work and certainly don't deliver any significant long term benefits and we don't have a budget that stretches to bringing in players left, right and centre. ox85
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Fri 17 Jan 14

87oufc says...

ox85 wrote:
I agree with Lenegan on this one. Whats the point in having a development squad if you bring in a new player whenever you've got a few knocks? When will they ever get a game and some development time on the pitch? You have to give the youngsters and chance and to be honest they haven't let us down at all this season. Ruffles for one seems to be more than capable of providing adequate cover and the opportunity is there for Marsh and co if they want to take it. The development squad may take time to consistently deliver players of a good standard to the first team, I'd imagine many of the current crop won't wake it, but by adopting this approach it should deliver results in the long term. Short term loans generally don't work and certainly don't deliver any significant long term benefits and we don't have a budget that stretches to bringing in players left, right and centre.
We brought in some of the dev squad against Wrexham and such and yet people still wined (but they played well)
I was really eager to see Marsh a long side Kitson in the last game! In fact, I would love to see Marsh come on for every game and see how well he does along side Constable and Smalley (who both are players people moaned about the other day).
[quote][p][bold]ox85[/bold] wrote: I agree with Lenegan on this one. Whats the point in having a development squad if you bring in a new player whenever you've got a few knocks? When will they ever get a game and some development time on the pitch? You have to give the youngsters and chance and to be honest they haven't let us down at all this season. Ruffles for one seems to be more than capable of providing adequate cover and the opportunity is there for Marsh and co if they want to take it. The development squad may take time to consistently deliver players of a good standard to the first team, I'd imagine many of the current crop won't wake it, but by adopting this approach it should deliver results in the long term. Short term loans generally don't work and certainly don't deliver any significant long term benefits and we don't have a budget that stretches to bringing in players left, right and centre.[/p][/quote]We brought in some of the dev squad against Wrexham and such and yet people still wined (but they played well) I was really eager to see Marsh a long side Kitson in the last game! In fact, I would love to see Marsh come on for every game and see how well he does along side Constable and Smalley (who both are players people moaned about the other day). 87oufc
  • Score: 1

7:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

OX4-OUFC says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
We could do with 5 new class players. Some of what we have are not quite good enough.
Tedious, boring and predictable as ever. Supporter (definition) 1, a person who approves of and encourages someone or something. 2, a person who is actively interested in and wishes success for a particular sports team.
Ever thought of supporting what you've got ? Looking forward to watching the game tomorrow and feeling confident. We will win !
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: We could do with 5 new class players. Some of what we have are not quite good enough.[/p][/quote]Tedious, boring and predictable as ever. Supporter (definition) 1, a person who approves of and encourages someone or something. 2, a person who is actively interested in and wishes success for a particular sports team. Ever thought of supporting what you've got ? Looking forward to watching the game tomorrow and feeling confident. We will win ! OX4-OUFC
  • Score: 3

9:25pm Fri 17 Jan 14

learned says...

The development squad players look conference standard and no more than that. They are lightweight ! Ruffels looks ok.
And the comment that they played well against Wrexham ! That's my point- they are a mid table conference team.
Adding one or 2 loan players could help us stay in the top six .
No business in the transfer window shows a clear lack of ambition by Lenaghan and Wilder.
The development squad players look conference standard and no more than that. They are lightweight ! Ruffels looks ok. And the comment that they played well against Wrexham ! That's my point- they are a mid table conference team. Adding one or 2 loan players could help us stay in the top six . No business in the transfer window shows a clear lack of ambition by Lenaghan and Wilder. learned
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Fri 17 Jan 14

CRSDC says...

If you agree with Lenagan your clearly as deluded as the Pro Wilder fans!
Lenagan, Wilder & His Muppets Out!
If you agree with Lenagan your clearly as deluded as the Pro Wilder fans! Lenagan, Wilder & His Muppets Out! CRSDC
  • Score: -8

12:26am Sat 18 Jan 14

OX4-OUFC says...

CRSDC wrote:
If you agree with Lenagan your clearly as deluded as the Pro Wilder fans!
Lenagan, Wilder & His Muppets Out!
Do tell us which new chairman, manager + coaches are ready to come in ?
[quote][p][bold]CRSDC[/bold] wrote: If you agree with Lenagan your clearly as deluded as the Pro Wilder fans! Lenagan, Wilder & His Muppets Out![/p][/quote]Do tell us which new chairman, manager + coaches are ready to come in ? OX4-OUFC
  • Score: 5

9:15am Sat 18 Jan 14

happyharryhardon says...

Having a good youth set up is important, however after seeing some of our younger players like Marsh and then one's who played in the televised games are clearly not quite ready for first team football. Yes they won but really the actuall football was really poor and if you don't agree go back and watch it again it was very poor football.
We do need a couple of good players in, and not free transfers, freebies are usually free coz they are rubbish. I'm guessing there are not to many people wishing to buy oufc but what's the point of owning a football club and just sitting by and watching them struggle. He wouldn't let this happen to his rugby team. Either do something with this club and start climbing the leagues or go, coz there is no point otherwise.
Having a good youth set up is important, however after seeing some of our younger players like Marsh and then one's who played in the televised games are clearly not quite ready for first team football. Yes they won but really the actuall football was really poor and if you don't agree go back and watch it again it was very poor football. We do need a couple of good players in, and not free transfers, freebies are usually free coz they are rubbish. I'm guessing there are not to many people wishing to buy oufc but what's the point of owning a football club and just sitting by and watching them struggle. He wouldn't let this happen to his rugby team. Either do something with this club and start climbing the leagues or go, coz there is no point otherwise. happyharryhardon
  • Score: 0

9:33am Sat 18 Jan 14

The London Yellows says...

Hopefully someone may listen to Dave, we really do need to strengthen the squad if we are going to progress and posible gain automatic promotion - or even make the play offs?

It's been obvious for about three seasons now, we need a prolific striker. Someone who has the confidence to shoot at will, get in the box, hassles and bullies opposing defences.

The development team is a great idea and a must for the future of the club, but if we really want promotion sooner than later then we need a bigger and more experienced squad. Plus how and who do the youngsters learn from when it comes to intergrating them into the team?

Wonder how it works at Wigan Warriors, their a super successful team. What happens if their squad has multiple injuries or if the overall team lacks that little bit of spark to make them win more games?

I really hope we can manage with the squad we've got but as we know, the going get's tough in the second half of the season. The real contenders are begining to show their ambiton, let's just hope we show ours... COYY's
Hopefully someone may listen to Dave, we really do need to strengthen the squad if we are going to progress and posible gain automatic promotion - or even make the play offs? It's been obvious for about three seasons now, we need a prolific striker. Someone who has the confidence to shoot at will, get in the box, hassles and bullies opposing defences. The development team is a great idea and a must for the future of the club, but if we really want promotion sooner than later then we need a bigger and more experienced squad. Plus how and who do the youngsters learn from when it comes to intergrating them into the team? Wonder how it works at Wigan Warriors, their a super successful team. What happens if their squad has multiple injuries or if the overall team lacks that little bit of spark to make them win more games? I really hope we can manage with the squad we've got but as we know, the going get's tough in the second half of the season. The real contenders are begining to show their ambiton, let's just hope we show ours... COYY's The London Yellows
  • Score: 1

10:52am Sat 18 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

learned wrote:
The development squad players look conference standard and no more than that. They are lightweight ! Ruffels looks ok.
And the comment that they played well against Wrexham ! That's my point- they are a mid table conference team.
Adding one or 2 loan players could help us stay in the top six .
No business in the transfer window shows a clear lack of ambition by Lenaghan and Wilder.
Hear hear, you tell it as it is, there is and has been a lack of ambition at this club for sometime, I know we got out of the Conference but that was almost by accident as opposed to real driven ambition or desire. At the moment we have some of the best players we have had at the club for sometime but, and it's a big but, the squad is too small and as you so rightly observe the development squad is no more the Conference standard, yes they could come on to League standard but using them too often now could result in losing out on promotion this season. The Division is already so tight at the top that we may find it hard to get back into the automatic slots unless things change straight away. I don't feel good about today's game but hope the players know what's needed for their careers as well as this club and lift themselves again today as they have so often away from home. Also I note that for a lot of the common sense talkers on here we get a lot of thumbs down, we are only seeing it and saying it as it so obviously is, we are not knocking the club we all obviously support and in a lot of cases have done for many years. The Chairman, if he is serious about getting this club promoted needs to have a long hard look at the situation and realise we don't have strength in depth, if the club is to realise the fans ambitions we need strengthening now to achieve promotion this season, before it is a lost cause! Act now Mr. Lenagan.
[quote][p][bold]learned[/bold] wrote: The development squad players look conference standard and no more than that. They are lightweight ! Ruffels looks ok. And the comment that they played well against Wrexham ! That's my point- they are a mid table conference team. Adding one or 2 loan players could help us stay in the top six . No business in the transfer window shows a clear lack of ambition by Lenaghan and Wilder.[/p][/quote]Hear hear, you tell it as it is, there is and has been a lack of ambition at this club for sometime, I know we got out of the Conference but that was almost by accident as opposed to real driven ambition or desire. At the moment we have some of the best players we have had at the club for sometime but, and it's a big but, the squad is too small and as you so rightly observe the development squad is no more the Conference standard, yes they could come on to League standard but using them too often now could result in losing out on promotion this season. The Division is already so tight at the top that we may find it hard to get back into the automatic slots unless things change straight away. I don't feel good about today's game but hope the players know what's needed for their careers as well as this club and lift themselves again today as they have so often away from home. Also I note that for a lot of the common sense talkers on here we get a lot of thumbs down, we are only seeing it and saying it as it so obviously is, we are not knocking the club we all obviously support and in a lot of cases have done for many years. The Chairman, if he is serious about getting this club promoted needs to have a long hard look at the situation and realise we don't have strength in depth, if the club is to realise the fans ambitions we need strengthening now to achieve promotion this season, before it is a lost cause! Act now Mr. Lenagan. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 3

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