Oxford United reject loan enquiry

Oxford Mail: A decision will be made on Luke O'Brien's future shortly A decision will be made on Luke O'Brien's future shortly

AN approach for a fringe player at Oxford United has been rejected as manager Chris Wilder looks to keep his squad together.

The U’s have had no formal transfer offers for any of their players so far during the January transfer window, but have received an enquiry over the availability of one unnamed player.

But with the squad stretched by injuries and suspensions, Wilder is reluctant to let anyone leave.

He said: “As we’ve seen with the numbers at the moment I can’t afford to let anyone go.

“Although players are coming back it can quickly change, so it has to be right and it wasn’t at the moment.

“Nothing concrete has come in, it was a loose approach about a player who hasn’t been playing regularly.”

The exception could be Luke O’Brien, whose short-term deal expires next week.

The 24-year-old was brought in as cover for Liam Davis, who returned from injury in November, but has had minor niggles since.

Wilder will make a decision after tomorrow’s trip to Bradford.

He said: “Luke’s done great for us, but there has to be a pathway for him to play.

“The reason Luke has played and it got extended is because we’ve had issues with Lev (Peter Leven) and Liam.

“Obviously if those continue we might look to extend Luke.”

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5:20pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Megastar07 says...

O brien needs to go
Absolute rubbish
O brien needs to go Absolute rubbish Megastar07

8:35pm Fri 11 Jan 13

dorsetyellows says...

Had a good game v Cheltenham , but a nightmare v southend. Guess we need players to be consistent to be successful , which is something oxford utd need , as a club we still fall short because of this reason .
Had a good game v Cheltenham , but a nightmare v southend. Guess we need players to be consistent to be successful , which is something oxford utd need , as a club we still fall short because of this reason . dorsetyellows

11:36pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Oxford Male says...

Megastar07 wrote:
O brien needs to go
Absolute rubbish
Absolute ridiculous statement.
[quote][p][bold]Megastar07[/bold] wrote: O brien needs to go Absolute rubbish[/p][/quote]Absolute ridiculous statement. Oxford Male

11:38pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Oxford Male says...

dorsetyellows wrote:
Had a good game v Cheltenham , but a nightmare v southend. Guess we need players to be consistent to be successful , which is something oxford utd need , as a club we still fall short because of this reason .
We're in League 2. We're not Barca. We ain't get Messi. League 2 players make mistakes. The guy had one bad game. Once he settled in he has done very well for us. Take a look at the goals Chelsea let in against Swansea. Mistakes at all levels. Get real.
[quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: Had a good game v Cheltenham , but a nightmare v southend. Guess we need players to be consistent to be successful , which is something oxford utd need , as a club we still fall short because of this reason .[/p][/quote]We're in League 2. We're not Barca. We ain't get Messi. League 2 players make mistakes. The guy had one bad game. Once he settled in he has done very well for us. Take a look at the goals Chelsea let in against Swansea. Mistakes at all levels. Get real. Oxford Male

12:18pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Bis4badger says...

He's done enough to keep him here until the end of the season, As mentioned, one mistake doesn't make somebody a bad player, certainly not at our level. The decision has to be made going forward as Capaldi's contract is up in the summer who do we keep, One Both or neither? Thought Capaldi had a reasonable game in midfield on Tuesday night.
He's done enough to keep him here until the end of the season, As mentioned, one mistake doesn't make somebody a bad player, certainly not at our level. The decision has to be made going forward as Capaldi's contract is up in the summer who do we keep, One Both or neither? Thought Capaldi had a reasonable game in midfield on Tuesday night. Bis4badger

8:27pm Sat 12 Jan 13

BigAlBiker says...

Luke has done ok, never injured and stable so I vote we keep him for the rest of the season, Davis has hamstring hassles and Capaldi is hot and cold.
Luke has done ok, never injured and stable so I vote we keep him for the rest of the season, Davis has hamstring hassles and Capaldi is hot and cold. BigAlBiker

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