Team 1: Oxford United
So, as you guys know, my first club is Oxford United
. We made a lot of signings in the summer so there’s a pretty amazing group of players to start with for a league 2 club. Not just the starting XI, but there’s very good depth as well. I’m going to look to make a couple of finishing touches, though. We could do with a new creative midfielder
, and maybe one more winger to provide some competition/cover
Formation wise, I’m going to look at 2 main structures as a base for my formations: the 4-4-2
and the 4-2-3-1
. You can find the specifics/player roles below, but I’m essentially going to look to play an attacking style of football that allows flexibility between the midfield and some interchange in positions between the strikers/midfield.
Onto the players now, and Oxford have got a very good bunch. I’m immediately highlighting Brian Howard, in CAM, as a key player, alongside a very attacking right back in Joe Riley and the two men up top: Danny Hylton and Will Hoskins.
is a great creative flare and will see a chance seconds before everyone else on the pitch. His free kicks
are deadly on FM and he can find the net from open play too. He’s the main link between the midfield and the strike force in this team and will be pivotal to the team’s success
, on loan from Bolton, has some very impressive stats and I’m hoping he’ll make a decent bombing-on full back
, with Meades staying behind in left back. He’s 22 years-old and probably is a big fish in a small pond coming down to League 2, but after an injury-plagued couple of seasons let’s hope we can get him back on track.
Finally we have Danny Hylton
and Will Hoskins
. The strike force is one part of the team that I’m not going to tinker with. Danny Hylton has surprised everyone in real life so far, standing the league’s top scorer with 12 goals. Combine that with the former Brighton and Hove striker Will Hoskins – whose career has also been interrupted by injury – and you’ve got debatably the best strike force in the league.
Another key area at Oxford is the development of youth/young players. Whilst this is very much a journeyman career and I won’t look to stay with one club for a long length of time, it’s definitely of importance to look at the likes of James Roberts
and Callum O’Dowda
, as they could make their way onto the scene in a matter of months. It’d also be good if I could take a couple of good prospects with me from club to club, as we grow in our relationship and hopefully they can help me out.
Because of the current strength of the team, I haven’t really got any specific players that I’m looking at currently other than that mentioned at the top. However, were a couple of players to leave the club, it’d definitely be something I would look at. In addition to that, if any of you know any good acquisitions for this level, just drop a comment… your help won’t go unnoticed.
Full squad overview