Former-Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson could be set for a surprise return to the U’s, just five months after signing for Championship side Middlesbrough, Sky Sources reveal.

The offer is understood to be a loan deal until the end of the season, and Middlesbrough will likely want to offload the midfielder to Oxford United before the 1st February deadline.

Marvin Johnson joined Boro for a reported figure of £2.5 million at the start of the season. But the winger has found playing time hard to come by. Despite Middlesbrough having a limited amount of wide men at their disposal, Johnson has started just six games so far this season.

With the imminent arrival of Jack Harrison from New York City, Johnson will undoubtedly see less minutes on the pitch. It makes sense for him to be given the opportunity to play more football before returning to Teesside.

Johnson’s inconsistencies are what have cost him his place in the Middlesbrough team. No doubt, there are moments the winger has looked unplayable, with a miraculous display at home to QPR being a game which springs to mind.

But on the other hand, Johnson has been guilty of overplaying, and attempted crosses and attempts at goal have not paid off often enough. Due to this, he’s received harsh treatment from plenty of the Boro faithful, and was labelled an “emerging boo-boy” by local newspaper The Evening Gazette.

If Johnson was to move clubs, Oxford would be the only possible outcome, as he has already played for two clubs so far this season.


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