Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has revealed that he’ll be playing his cards close to his chest when it comes to summer signings.
The former MK Dons boss will be looking for less chatter about incoming players, not least because of the impact it might have on the current squad.
Oxford struggled for a majority of last season, but seemed to find a rhythm at just the right time, finishing in the top half of the table. That means fewer changes for Robinson this summer and as a result, less speculation.
“Sometimes it’s great to come out and be bold about who you want to sign,” he told the Witney Gazette.
“Equally, season tickets will have an impact. But we’re not going to come out and just say a name to get people excited to buy a ticket. We’re very careful with the things that we say.
“When I speak about it it’s because I want it to be out there to maybe ruffle a few feathers. This summer I don’t think there are many cages that need rattling. There’s a calmness to what we have to do and we don’t want to alert teams that we’re massively after their player because they then hold all the cards.”
Thus far Oxford are one of 12 sides in League One who have not added to their squad at all during the summer, with two clubs, Peterborough and Coventry, currently accounting for half the transfer deals that have taken place.
There are no prizes for getting business done early; on the contrary. Some sides feel the better bargains come along at the end of the summer when players lower their demands in desperation.
Oxford will be in a decent position financially and that might see a steady, measured approach to recruitment.
If they can find gems like Mark Sykes and Gavin Whyte again, they’ll be in a good position come the big kick off.