Oxford United have today completed a deal for Northern Irish winger Gavin Whyte. The Crusaders player has been much touted for a move to Championship clubs such as Leeds United and Scottish Premier League clubs, Hibernian were the highest profile up north.
The signing could prove to be a masterstroke by Oxford United. The 22-year-old winger is very highly regarded in Northern Ireland and caught the eye as his club side took the league by storm last season. Whyte was widely regarded as the star man and it wasn’t long before clubs came in for the player, who is now a part of the Northern Ireland international set-up.
Whyte was born in Belfast, a tough winger who can create room for himself centrally or if he’s pinned against the touchline. In terms of pace he isn’t someone who’ll be known for electric pace if you compare him to the Football League players, not slow by any means but his ability to get on the scoresheet and create chances from nothing.
Whyte has had trials at Everton but ended up heading back to Northern Ireland without a contract. Oxford United may well give him the perfect foundation in English football to progress. Oxford United are now managed by Karl Robinson and the style of football will have been a pull for Whyte who’s Crusaders side have been playing an intent passing style.
Oxford did consolidate in League One last season despite struggling into the new year. Robinson arrived from Charlton Athletic and guided the club away from the danger zone, a few games on Sky Sports gave the club some much needed exposure as well. If Whyte can hit the ground running he’ll be a handful at League One level.