Season 2020/2021: January
An Overview Of Oxford City In January 2021
"Going into the new year, we were optimistic about our chances in the league. We had developed well over the course of the season and, despite some hiccups, we were motoring towards a potential third consecutive league title and promotion."
Oxford City Made Four January Signings In A Bid To Fight For League Title
Major Transfers In
(No. Name | Age | Position | Fee | Signed From | CA/PA)
34. Bradley Barry | 25 y/o (13/02/1995) | D(R) | £0 | Free Transfer | /
Wage: £675 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2022
36. Kris Black | 18 y/o (18/04/2002) | M(C) | £10,750 | Stockport County | /
Wage: £600 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2023
24. Ed Jones | 16 y/o (09/05/2004) | AM(C) | £4,500 | Telford United | /
Wage: £110 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2022
35. Marcus Harness | 24 y/o (24/02/1996) | AM(RL) | £14,250 | Blackpool | /
Wage: £575 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2022
Four signings on the opening day. Barry was brought in to improve the quality we had at right back. Signing Black & Jones was massive. They were too highly rated youngsters who had already played regular first team football at lower levels. They were expected to become Premier League players in the future. Harness added a bit of a spark in wide attacking areas. He was expected to be a squad player but good form would be enough for him to stake a first-team place.
Oxford City Enjoyed A Mixed Bag Of Results In January
The year of 2021 started with Kabongo being Kabongo and netting a hat trick against Exeter City in the league. We followed that up with a disappointing draw against Colchester before returning to winning ways with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Cheltenham Town in the EFL Trophy. Back-to-back defeats followed in the league, before we wrapped up the month with a draw and a win against Port Vale and Notts County respectively.
Player of the Month
Kabongo Tshimanga Was Oxford City's Star Player During January 2021
Kabongo was on a mission. He scored five times during January, including an incredible hat trick and an important brace. Words don't do Kabongo justice. Kabongo > Messi?
Kabongo Tshimanga's Season Stats
PotM Awards: 2
Fouls Committed: 25 (0.81 per game)
Fouls Against: 46 (1.48 per game)
Yellow Cards: 1
Red Cards: 0
Shots On Target Ratio: 62.69% (42/67)
Dribbles Completed: 21 (0.68 per game)
Key Passes: 20 (0.65 per game)
Crosses Completed: 2 (0.06 per game)
Pass Completion Ratio: 81.02% (380/469)
Headers Won: 93 (3.00 per game)
Minutes Played: 2,206
Average Rating: 6.94
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 100.00% (11/11)
Interceptions: 0 (0 per game)
Distance Covered: 244.0km (9.95 per 90 mins)
Assistant Manager's Report|
Wage: £500 p/w
EFL League Two
Oxford City Remained On Top Of The League After January
Just the one point separated us and Colchester. A mixed run of results hadn't helped our cause but, in truth, we weren't feeling the pressure. We had bee in similar situations before and the squad was full of winners. I was confident they would go on to win the title, especially after January's set of new recruitments.
Oxford City's Finances Had Taken Another Hit
The cost of playing in the EFL had not done our finances any good. We were in a position where we could spend money on new players, but at a risk. We knew that if we didn't win promotion, the spend on players would be seen as a poor decision. Hopefully the new signings would push us onto new heights.
February Would Bring With It An EFL Trophy Quarter Final
Bristol Rovers awaited us in the EFL Trophy quarter finals. With the match televised, we were anticipating a decent pay-off, regardless of the result. Despite the competition not being well renowned, we wanted to get our hands on any silverware possible. We also had a few league games coming up.
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