2 Oxford United players facing an uncertain few weeks

League One side Oxford United have had some time to prepare for the summer after failing to secure a place in the play-off zone.

Perhaps that’s to be expected given the strength of other sides, including Sheffield Wednesday, who had rebuilt their squad, and MK Dons, who thrived under the leadership of Liam Manning.

Ipswich Town also invested heavily in their squad last summer with 19 signings – but the U’s managed to finish above the Tractor Boys and that will be small consolation for Karl Robinson, who is keen to see his side next season in the want to see promotion mix.

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Previously just 90 minutes away from Championship football as they faced Wycombe Wanderers in the 2020 final before losing to Blackpool in last year’s play-off semi-final there will certainly be no lack of motivation to push for a Championship spot second league next season.

However, they will need to re-enter the transfer market to fill in the gaps left by departures and rise in certain areas, with potential further departures this summer giving Robinson even more work to do in terms of arrivals.

Looking at the current standings at Kassam Stadium, we’ve identified two players who could face an uncertain future in the coming weeks.

Alex Gorin

Soccer Football – Pre-Season Friendlies – Crystal Palace v Oxford United – Selhurst Park, London, Britain – August 25, 2020 Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha in action with Oxford United’s Alejandro Rodriguez Gorrin during the match following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease closed doors (COVID-19) Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

One has to sympathize with the Tenerife-born midfielder, who was out for most of the season with a cruciate ligament injury, a setback from which he may well be recovering for a good part of his pre-season.

With his contract expiring this summer, that sort of injury came at the worst possible time, as USA may have been reluctant to offer him a lucrative deal, especially with no guarantees he’ll return as the same player he was before he was ruled out .

However, Andreas Weimann’s superb return from the same setback last year will give hope to the 28-year-old as the Austrian scored 22 league goals in 46 league games in the 2021/22 season and didn’t miss a single league game last season.

Weimann was handed a three-year contract by officials at Ashton Gate last summer in what some considered a gamble at the time – and there’s every chance a similar trust could be placed in Gorrin, who could repay it.

At this point, however, his future looks uncertain despite being offered a new contract as Charlton Athletic and Sunderland are believed to be interested in the midfielder.

Billy Bodin

Soccer Football – League One – Wigan Athletic v Oxford United – DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain – February 1, 2022 Wigan Athletic’s Curtis Tilt in action with Oxford United’s Billy Bodin Action Images/Molly Darlington EDITORIAL USE ONLY

With six goals and five assists in 21 league games this season, Bodin could potentially be pushing for a return to the second division this summer after thriving in the first division.

Aged 30, the Welshman will look to return to the second division sooner rather than later if he harbors those ambitions, although he may be convinced to stay if United show real ambitions in the transfer market this summer.

After such a disappointing time at Preston North End and with the 30-year-old living in the area where he was born again, he could choose to stay where he is and that wouldn’t be the worst career choice the Oxford likely to meet again in the top half of the table next season.

Judging by his record of goal contributions in the 2021/22 season and some of his performances, he seems to be thriving in his current environment and this is another reason why the midfielder might decide to continue his career at Kassam after finding a new one Contract was offered to extend his stay beyond the summer.

If he continues to do well, he might move in January, so despite his obvious qualities, he shouldn’t be in a hurry to move at this point. Technically, he’s a cut above the U division.

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