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    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."
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New signings would help Oxford United, says Kitson

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

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

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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