We are giving Oxford United fans the chance to share their views on the club every Thursday this season. This week, Blake Bint looks at how a 20-goal-a-season striker could propel the club into the play-offs.

OXFORD United need a 20-goal-per-season striker in order to make the play-off places.

Currently sat in 14th, the Yellows have suffered this season from lack of clinical finishing by the front men, as demonstrated on New Year’s Day when they let a dominant performance slip to a 1-0 defeat at the Kassam, at the hands of Exeter City.

Now in a period of the season where Karl Robinson can bring players in, he commented post-Exeter that the squad lack support of Matty Taylor in the final third.

Injuries haven’t helped the U’s either, particularly in the attacking areas. Marcus Browne being injured for six weeks and Swansea loanee Kyle Joseph recovering from a two-month injury has left Oxford bare-boned in the centre forward position.

So far this season, Cameron Brannagan has topped the scoring chart with just six in League One and eight in all competitions. The midfielder, who often finds himself on penalty and free kick duty, has proved that goals from strikers have been few and far between.

Robinson has frequently spoken about his team’s objective to reach the top six of League One this season but with more draws and losses than wins this season, the goal looks unlikely until an out and out goalscorer is signed.

Elsewhere in the league, 11th-placed Bristol Rovers share the league top goalscorer Aaron Collins with Peterborough’s Jonson Clarke-Harris on 13 apiece this season, over double the tally of Brannagan.

In other areas of the pitch, the Yellows have faired well this season. The addition of Lewis Bate to the midfield has made the side much stronger in possession.

In the company of ex-Liverpool man Brannagan and the technically gifted Marcus McGuane, the support from the midfield is capable of pushing for promotion to the Championship.

Against Exeter, the backline and back-up goalkeeper Ed McGinty also demonstrated their worth in the side. Captain Elliott Moore had a goal line clearance to deny Josh Key from breaking the deadlock earlier in the fixture, as well as solid performances from Sam Long and Ciaron Brown.

With the balance the Yellows currently possess, combined with strong squad depth, a clinical finisher who will score Robinson’s men 20 a season is the difference between 14th, where they currently sit, and the top six, where they aspire to be.