Oxford United: Callum O'Dowda expects starting place battle

Callum O'Dowda
Callum O'Dowda was voted Oxford United's young player of the season in 2014-15

Oxford United midfielder Callum O'Dowda admits competition for places will be fierce as the club target promotion and the League Two title.

O'Dowda expects to battle for a place in manager Michael Appleton's starting line-up with fellow midfielders Kemar Roofe and Alex MacDonald.

The 20-year-old made 35 appearances last season, scoring four goals.

"I know that if I don't put the performances in, I'm going to be on my toes", he told BBC Radio Oxford.

The Ireland Under-21 international is also keen to add more of a goalscoring threat to his game.

"I want to make as many appearances as possible, but statistically I want to help the team out more," he added.

"Last season there were games when I could've scored more goals at times that would've benefitted us."

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