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Oxford United going with the kids

Oxford Mail: Tyrone Marsh Tyrone Marsh

OXFORD United have put their faith in the squad’s young players to fill gaps in the first team after the transfer deadline passed last night with no late additions.

It ensured the squad was not weakened by any of their key assets making 11th-hour exits, but equally the lack of activity meant the club did not strengthen.

The quiet end to the summer was consistent with United’s aim of using the new development squad to supplement the seniors.

Speaking before the window shut, manager Chris Wilder made it clear they would stick to the model, which meant the young talents will get opportunities.

“Of course they will – and that’s why we’re not bringing any players in,” he said.

“We talked about it at the start of the season that this is what we are going to do.

“We are going to get some decent old pros and have a decent mix of good characters, along with good young players still going forward like Alfie Potter and some really young players.

“That’s the make-up of this squad and I will work with that and try to keep getting some results like we have done so far.”

Injuries to Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and Jon Meades meant the average age of United’s bench in the 1-1 draw with Rochdale on Saturday was less than 21.

Teenage striker Tyrone Marsh played the final 22 minutes and came closest to finding a winner late on, forcing a smart save from goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

Wilder said: “They are still young boys learning their trade.

“Tyrone had an opportunity against Rochdale, Ryan (Williams) had an opportunity last week and the others will get a chance because of the nature of the injuries we have got.”

With Rigg out injured for two months, there have been calls for Wilder to play Callum O’Dowda, the only other specialised left winger in the squad.

The United boss came close to giving the 18-year-old his home debut on Saturday, but felt it was the wrong move for the balance of the game.

He said: “It was in my head for 15 or 20 minutes to chuck Callum on.

“But I thought their right back was really adventurous and set up the goal.

“I think Callum would have caused him a problem, but I’m not so sure that going the other way it would have been a different story.

“You just have to weigh that up.”

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1:21pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Richard Wickson says...

Yes young players need developing but when there are injuries to key players only a developed player will provide adequate cover. These young lads need to be used gradually and in games where we are 2 goals to the good, which is, sadly, something we rarely are. This squad needs strength in depth and presently that is not there. IL and CW have already said they don't want to go down the Loanee route so lets hope the injury list decreases not increases.
Yes young players need developing but when there are injuries to key players only a developed player will provide adequate cover. These young lads need to be used gradually and in games where we are 2 goals to the good, which is, sadly, something we rarely are. This squad needs strength in depth and presently that is not there. IL and CW have already said they don't want to go down the Loanee route so lets hope the injury list decreases not increases. Richard Wickson
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1:23pm Tue 3 Sep 13

The Secret Yellow says...

Absolute **** to say he didn't feel O'Dowda would have made an impact in the defensive part of the game! How do you know without giving him a chance! Stop being so cautious and give the lad a run out!
Absolute **** to say he didn't feel O'Dowda would have made an impact in the defensive part of the game! How do you know without giving him a chance! Stop being so cautious and give the lad a run out! The Secret Yellow
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4:10pm Tue 3 Sep 13

oldun says...

At the Manor, so many players established themselves whilst in their teens . We are not talking about 16 year olds - there are so many many good 18 year olds about - let's hope that we have three or four of 4th division standard
At the Manor, so many players established themselves whilst in their teens . We are not talking about 16 year olds - there are so many many good 18 year olds about - let's hope that we have three or four of 4th division standard oldun
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5:28pm Tue 3 Sep 13

oldun says...

Alfie Potter is nearer to 25 than he is to 24. He is NOT particularly young - and should be very close to his peak. Thomas, Brock, Tait, Taylor , Foley , Mark Jones , Beauchamp etc etc - they were many years younger than Alfie - and playing very well by the time they were 19
Alfie Potter is nearer to 25 than he is to 24. He is NOT particularly young - and should be very close to his peak. Thomas, Brock, Tait, Taylor , Foley , Mark Jones , Beauchamp etc etc - they were many years younger than Alfie - and playing very well by the time they were 19 oldun
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5:46pm Tue 3 Sep 13

87oufc says...

Wilder has spoken about certain games that he is reluctant to play the youngsters - essentially wrapping them up in bubble wrap.
We are talking about a game of football, not sending them to war.

The way I learnt to be a good carpenter was to be put into the thick of it, if I managed the situation then I learnt, if the situation or job was out of my hands - I learnt.

At times the best way to learn is to be put into action, not sit on the bench with your hands in your pockets.

I can understand not wanting to take the risk with younger defenders but I feel you can be a little more risky with strikers or attacking midfielder's.
Wilder has spoken about certain games that he is reluctant to play the youngsters - essentially wrapping them up in bubble wrap. We are talking about a game of football, not sending them to war. The way I learnt to be a good carpenter was to be put into the thick of it, if I managed the situation then I learnt, if the situation or job was out of my hands - I learnt. At times the best way to learn is to be put into action, not sit on the bench with your hands in your pockets. I can understand not wanting to take the risk with younger defenders but I feel you can be a little more risky with strikers or attacking midfielder's. 87oufc
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5:49pm Tue 3 Sep 13

oldun says...

When he joined United , big signing Durnin was about a year younger than Alfie is . He was expected to cut it against second tier defenders . 24 is not young
When he joined United , big signing Durnin was about a year younger than Alfie is . He was expected to cut it against second tier defenders . 24 is not young oldun
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6:34pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Richard Wickson says...

It's correct to say pitching them in may develop them quickly, look at Rooney, Ramsey and Wilshire but these are players light years ahead of our youngsters. Maybe Marsh might be the exception and does need bringing on quicker than the defenders, tho what does worry me is that we always look negative in attack needing 4 shots on goal to score once.
It's correct to say pitching them in may develop them quickly, look at Rooney, Ramsey and Wilshire but these are players light years ahead of our youngsters. Maybe Marsh might be the exception and does need bringing on quicker than the defenders, tho what does worry me is that we always look negative in attack needing 4 shots on goal to score once. Richard Wickson
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6:58pm Tue 3 Sep 13

oldun says...

What would Magilton have made of the 4th division when he was 18? At 21 and a few months , he was starring for United in the second tier. 24 is not young for a player . Here come the thumbs down!
What would Magilton have made of the 4th division when he was 18? At 21 and a few months , he was starring for United in the second tier. 24 is not young for a player . Here come the thumbs down! oldun
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7:14pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Manor Born says...

So the Rochdale full back was adventurous & causing problems, maybe by sticking O' Dowda on, he would have been forced back & be more cautious as he'd occupied with stopping O' Dowda going forward.
So the Rochdale full back was adventurous & causing problems, maybe by sticking O' Dowda on, he would have been forced back & be more cautious as he'd occupied with stopping O' Dowda going forward. Manor Born
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8:30pm Tue 3 Sep 13

oldun says...

oldun wrote:
What would Magilton have made of the 4th division when he was 18? At 21 and a few months , he was starring for United in the second tier. 24 is not young for a player . Here come the thumbs down!
Of course I realise that it is unlikely that we have a Magilton, Durnin or Brock - but I am saying that many many players are close to their best by the time they are 21 and are emerging by that time - Magilton and Durnin would have been playing well in the second flight when they were 19 - wouldn't they? ditto Brock, Beauchamp and Briggs. Blood 18 year olds regularly in the 4th division, CW !! Oh yes, and , of course , (for the 4th time) Alfie is not particularly young! Remember Atkins holding back Whitehead (on the bench - or the wing!!)
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: What would Magilton have made of the 4th division when he was 18? At 21 and a few months , he was starring for United in the second tier. 24 is not young for a player . Here come the thumbs down![/p][/quote]Of course I realise that it is unlikely that we have a Magilton, Durnin or Brock - but I am saying that many many players are close to their best by the time they are 21 and are emerging by that time - Magilton and Durnin would have been playing well in the second flight when they were 19 - wouldn't they? ditto Brock, Beauchamp and Briggs. Blood 18 year olds regularly in the 4th division, CW !! Oh yes, and , of course , (for the 4th time) Alfie is not particularly young! Remember Atkins holding back Whitehead (on the bench - or the wing!!) oldun
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11:29pm Tue 3 Sep 13

BenkiuGuasu says...

circles around going
circles around going BenkiuGuasu
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7:38pm Wed 4 Sep 13

Richard Wickson says...

Manor Born wrote:
So the Rochdale full back was adventurous & causing problems, maybe by sticking O' Dowda on, he would have been forced back & be more cautious as he'd occupied with stopping O' Dowda going forward.
Very good point. Wilder is rarely adventurous at home preferring not to lose instead of going for the win, that's why we lost so many last season.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: So the Rochdale full back was adventurous & causing problems, maybe by sticking O' Dowda on, he would have been forced back & be more cautious as he'd occupied with stopping O' Dowda going forward.[/p][/quote]Very good point. Wilder is rarely adventurous at home preferring not to lose instead of going for the win, that's why we lost so many last season. Richard Wickson
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