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1 hour ago, Sheltons Army said:

https://yellowsforum.co.uk/threads/mark-sykes-shouldnt-play-for-us-again.7808/page-18
 

Oxford fans views / opinions on Sykes

And a highlights clip

Seems a strange one , but faith in NP

Very much a strange one ..

Reading some of that,,we already have a song for him....

All we need to do is change the words from "Mary Mary quite contrary" and job done 😀

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Strikes me like a Luke Freeman type of player. He is clearly not the finished article and maybe never will be but he has potential and on a free transfer it could be a good bit of business as competition for George Tanner or a winger if we change tactics . 

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4 minutes ago, Major Isewater said:

Strikes me like a Luke Freeman type of player. He is clearly not the finished article and maybe never will be but he has potential and on a free transfer it could be a good bit of business as competition for George Tanner or a winger if we change tactics . 

Fluff was a great attacking player but he had no bottle and couldnt tackle to save his life, lets hope Sykes is a tougher player than him

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1 hour ago, westonred said:

I love these player montages they make the player look like a world beater i remember one of Baz Savage making him look like Messi ;)

Of course - I have tbh I knew very little about him so my research consists of any highlights clips to give you a glimpse of him as a player and what he can do , then a big read of any comments about him over the last couple of years on his own Clubs forum (I do find if you read them all , exclude any with a clear agenda , you get a reasonable feel for the player)

I’m interested where we are looking him to operate -

He doesn’t sound like a Champ wing back without real work on his defensive ability

Maybe an option wide in a front three ?

He appears to have assets and a capability as a ‘10’ but a big ask at Champ level to justify that role

I like the fact that he appears to have decent pace and ‘running’ ability / capacity

 

I do trust NP so we will see 

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55 minutes ago, Red Army 75 said:

Was reading there forum the other day about this. Thing with football fans like Oxford now if he signs a new contract with them they would be over the moon. But cause he doesn’t want to play for them he’s this and that. I trust NP and hope MS is as good as the last Oxford player we signed .

Yep, a case of "fans slag off player who wants to leave shock."

We know that Nigel has watched him at least once and has met with him at least twice. Doubtless he has plenty of data on him as well. I'll settle for that.

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57 minutes ago, GrahamC said:

Certainly be interesting to see where we think he fits in, I just can’t see him as a wing back.

Given we are apparently after Wilson as well it seems unlikely we see Sykes as a wing back.

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11 minutes ago, chinapig said:

Given we are apparently after Wilson as well it seems unlikely we see Sykes as a wing back.

I think he might be a bit of a utility player, sounds as though he can play RWB, outright winger, 10 and CM so lots of options. Good age and free, decent League 1 pedigree, looks a solid signing.

Even being reported on BBC now, this will be over the line today. 

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Got a feeling NP might try and use Sykes in the same mould as he uses Weimann, he could be his understudy. Might not be a starter straight away, but sounds very similar to how Weimann is used for us (Wide in a front 3, in behind the front 2, winger, RWB).

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On 12/05/2022 at 14:01, LondonBristolian said:

I can only speak from the experience of my one trip to Oxford. But what I saw that day was that Tony Pulis was our manager, Steve Phillips made a lot of mistakes and we lost 3-0. From everything I've seen, Mark Sykes seems to be a footballer of some description but there seems to be uncertainty across the board about what his actual position is. 

Just the mere sight of that man's name has ruined my day. It should be added to the swear filter 🤬

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12 minutes ago, 2015 said:

Got a feeling NP might try and use Sykes in the same mould as he uses Weimann, he could be his understudy. Might not be a starter straight away, but sounds very similar to how Weimann is used for us (Wide in a front 3, in behind the front 2, winger, RWB).

The thought had crossed my mind too.

Nige on 20Man tonight.  Coincidence or what….🤣

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41 minutes ago, The Bard said:

I would guess he's been bought to play 10 or either side of a front 3.  Wilson will be the one to compete with Tanner...

 

9 minutes ago, 2015 said:

Got a feeling NP might try and use Sykes in the same mould as he uses Weimann, he could be his understudy. Might not be a starter straight away, but sounds very similar to how Weimann is used for us (Wide in a front 3, in behind the front 2, winger, RWB).

Yep these are the impressions I get. I know NP has said he sees a front 3 as a 2 with 1 behind. I do think it could be a more conventional 433 though depending on who we sign. Maybe a cm in a 3 too but with two stronger players. Maybe we don’t get a DM(not by choice but by not right target available)and we play a double pivot with more of a 10 role with 1 striker and two wingers. Sykes could play in any of the 3 behind the striker. 
 

Regardless of how the move goes, it is the type we should be looking at on a free. Obviously there needs to be a mix but a couple like this is low risk and high reward. At worst you have a versatile contributor from the bench at low cost for a season. 

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2 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

The thought had crossed my mind too.

Nige on 20Man tonight.  Coincidence or what….🤣

And lets not forget, how highly rated was Weimann by Derby fans when he came here? Not too highly.

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Definitely trust NP on this one.

He'll have done his homework to make sure (as far as possible) that Sykes is the sort of player and character to contribute positively here.

Pretty sure in our 118 year history we've never had a player called Sykes before.

If he turns out to be a bit of a nutter, time for a return of the old Glen Humphries chant, 'PSYCHO, PSYCHO!'

Or even if he doesn't perhaps? :dunno:

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Had this through from the NTT20 guys..

 

He runs all day, good speed, stamina, quite a hectic player I would say, more hustle than precision. I didn’t think he was good enough technically for the Championship a year ago but it does seem like that’s improved a lot this season.

His versatility I guess is a skill because there’s a spot for him in all systems, but also makes him one of those players where I couldn’t confidently say where he’d play for you? Imo he’s more effective in the outside areas of the pitch where there’s more space.

Right now I’d say he should be a good squad player at the very least, so to pick him up nice and early on a free seems like good business.

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3 minutes ago, petehinton said:

Had this through from the NTT20 guys..

 

He runs all day, good speed, stamina, quite a hectic player I would say, more hustle than precision. I didn’t think he was good enough technically for the Championship a year ago but it does seem like that’s improved a lot this season.

His versatility I guess is a skill because there’s a spot for him in all systems, but also makes him one of those players where I couldn’t confidently say where he’d play for you? Imo he’s more effective in the outside areas of the pitch where there’s more space.

Right now I’d say he should be a good squad player at the very least, so to pick him up nice and early on a free seems like good business.

Sounds a lot like Weimann

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Nige said some time ago that we have no natural wide players and that sometimes they are needed . I assume that is the prime objective , with potential flexibility in other roles as others have mentioned . Plenty of game time experience too . Nice and early so he gets a performance evaluation early doors so he knows where he will need to be come pre season .

The majority now realise our reality and this is the type of signing we will make . For a few , this is what should always have been doing anyway .

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I know very little of him but perhaps he’s been signed to play a ‘Wagstaff’ role. Won’t be an 8/10 every week, but will be someone with energy, works hard, who can come in and play a run of games in different positions when needed.

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He’s got pace, he will add width, good age…

Something we’ve been lacking really for a little while. I don’t mind this seeing it’s a free transfer. 
 

The only thing I’ve got doubts about is the lads attitude. I can only go on by what a few Oxford fans have said previously. 

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Just now, Super said:

Pretty poor goalscoring record so hopefully he is more about assists. Another club in the bag though.

Is 8 goals last season really “a poor goal scoring record” for someone who played all over the pitch & doesn’t take penalties?

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1 minute ago, Super said:

Pretty poor goalscoring record so hopefully he is more about assists. Another club in the bag though.

Isn’t that exactly what we’re trying to avoid doing since the LJ days? 

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