AFTER years of telling us how many players he wants and in what positions, Karl Robinson has taken a different approach this transfer window.

The Oxford United head coach has given very little away regarding possible ins and outs, while leaving a lot to interpretation.

His latest interview was a perfect example: “I want to bring players in, but I don’t have to.”

Some people took that as a warning that the U’s may end January with no new additions, others suggested he was playing down expectations before a busy few days.

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Personally, I cannot see a scenario where United do not add at least a couple of players to their squad.

Take last season as an example: Luke McNally arrived on January 29, with Joe Grayson, Elliot Lee and Brandon Barker confirmed on deadline day.

Three of those four signings can be considered at least relative successes, so it shows late business can be good business.

The noises coming out of the club suggest they are confident new faces will come in, even if some of Robinson's interviews suggest different.

If top targets have chosen to go elsewhere - and that seems to be the case with some of them - there will be plenty of names earmarked as the next best option.

Do not forget that some signings come out of the blue, like Herbie Kane last summer – and look how that has turned out.

Maybe this will come back to bite me at 11pm on Monday, but whatever happens I am expecting a dramatic four days.