Oxford United Head Coach Michael Appleton has signed a second player on loan from League One side MK Dons as he looks to address his sides position in the table. Following the signing of right-back George Baldock, who made his debut at Burton at the weekend, Appleton has added 18 year old Giorgio Rasulo into his squad for the huge game against relegation rivals Mansfield Town on Saturday.
Rasulo, who is local to Oxford having been born down the road in Banbury, has made 13 appearances for the Dons, with all but one of them coming as substitute appearances. The England U16 and U17 international has only a single appearance this season, in an FA Cup defeat against Chesterfield. Appleton spoke positively about his new signing:
“He’s a talented lad and can play in a few positions in midfield or as the number ten. He creates things, he has been very impressive in training this week and being a local lad he knows what the club is all about and what we are trying to build.“
Rasulo joins fellow loan rangers, Baldock and Kemar Roofe at the Kassam Stadium and they will all be looking to impact on the remaining games this season alongside other recent recruits Alex MacDonald, Joe Skarz, Jamie Ashdown and Jeremy Balmy. With striker Will Hoskins expected back soon after injury, competition for places is rife. Loan full-back Richard Brindley is expected to return to Rotherham at the end of his month long spell after the signing of Baldock.
In other news, the mystery surrounding striker John Campbell was resolved in the least expected way this week. Campbell, joined Conference side Torquay United on loan until the end of the season from Oxford. It appears that United did strike some kind of deal with his previous club Jarrow Roofing, however the exact circumstances around this are still unsure. Reports in the north-east suggest that Campbell actually left Jarrow by mutual consent before joining up with Oxford in November, however reports at the time suggested his move was a loan deal. Regardless, Campbell now has a chance to prove himself with a full-time club and the move could represent a clever move by Oxford.