Oxford United manager Karl Robinson says he is keen to work with Samir Carruthers again, and has told the Oxford Mail he wants to sign the Sheffield United midfielder this summer. The pair previously worked together whilst at MK Dons.
Robinson also tried to sign the player when previously in charge of Sky Bet League One play-off semi-finalists Charlton Athletic. Carruthers has been told by his parent club that he is free to depart, after falling down the pecking order at Bramall Lane.
The 25-year-old however is most likely to join on an initial loan deal, with the U’s struggling to match the wages he is on with the Sky Bet Championship club. Still, Robinson is a big fan of the playmaker,
“I’d love to work with him again.
“He was the one i tried to sign when I first walked in at Charlton and I know how important he was for MK Dons in the year we went up.”
Robinson has not hidden from the fact he wants to build a side at the Kassam Stadium that can challenge for promotion into the second tier of English football. Players such as Carruthers he feels can match such ambitions,
“I think players who may want to leave might look at this and go ‘hang on’ because we’re trying to bring in a quality of player who will compete with the top end of our squad, they’re not just making the numbers up.”
Carruthers started only six matches last season in the Sky Bet Championship, making a further 22 appearances from the bench. He netted one goal too, coming in the epic 5-4 home defeat to play-off finalists Fulham in November.