Might be an unpopular thing to say, but I don't think Oxley is un-replaceable. I can't help but think he is a good league 1 keeper but nothing amazing. He had a good season and got us points on the point but I also think he cost us a few goals as well.
i have to disagree, at this level he is excellent. Match after match he is a contender for mom, when we were being spanked away the threads on here suggested he was actually keeping the score down and was often the only player to be given any credit on here. He got player of the year from both the fans and the players and if anything is getting better. He is also smart in both his distribution and speed of distribution, setting up attacks and goals. We should be doing by our best to keep him. If he does go we need the give the next guy a chance and remember it that it took time me for oxley to settle in.Might be an unpopular thing to say, but I don't think Oxley is un-replaceable. I can't help but think he is a good league 1 keeper but nothing amazing. He had a good season and got us points on the point but I also think he cost us a few goals as well.
First its all very well saying keepers are replaceable but very good ones who are consistent can give you 10 points a season and aren't.
Although it is perplexing- Liverpool have two keepers on big wages, £m of transfers yet are nowhere close to be as good as Oxley? And if good goalkeepers are easy to find why can't some top premier clubs manage it?
I feat the Ox is the sort of player that you most realise his value when he has gone.
The reality is best we can do is offer him a top L1 wage. If a championship side comes in then we are on shaky ground (especially one who intends playing him). The real mistake here with hindsight won't be around the current contract negotiations but not getting him a longer contract to start with.
Hindsight is is a wonderful thing! If he had been given a long contract and turned out to be rubbish, then some on here would be complaining about the length of that contract.
....and let us not forget, many of us thought he was utter garbage when we first arrived. What was it, four games before he made a save? Clangers v Gillingham and Port Vale? Out of his depth? Couldn't get in a second level Scottish Team? Give Ted Smith a game!!!
How wrong we were. So yeah, hindsight is. You can imagine the furore if he'd been signed on a five year contract.