Alex Gorrin left Motherwell at the end of last season after some good form at Fir Park, so it’s not a shock to hear his new Oxford United boss singing his praises.
An unknown quantity to most, the former Sunderland midfielder joined the Fir Park club in 2018 following a spell in Romania with Sepsi Sf. Gheorghe.
Since leaving the Steelmen he has been thriving down south and Karl Robinson has been full of praise for him.
He told the Oxford Mail: “While we’re all talking about Tariqe (Fosu) and Matty Taylor getting the accolades, James Henry signing a new deal and Cameron Brannagan scoring goals, the one person that gels most of our good play together is Alex Gorrin.
“He is a phenomenal signing for this club. Does he frustrate me and do silly things? Yes, but he’s the hardest-working man I’ve coached and he’s so desperate to do well.
“I can’t get this boy out of my head because of how good he’s been this year. I’ll sometimes come in on a day off and he’s out there with a bag of balls on his own. We finished training the other week and I was looking for him for a meeting, but he had joined in with the under 18s.”
Gorrin is excelling at Oxford and something must have clicked at Motherwell
It’s great to hear that the Spaniard is settling in down south. Robinson clearly thinks the world of him following an impressive start to life with United.
After picking up bookings in each of his opening four League One games, he has managed to steer clear of the referee’s notebook since. He has been the unsung hero in Oxford’s 14-game unbeaten run.
That being said, most Motherwell fans couldn’t have thought of such a rise this time last year. He was taking a while to adapt to the SPFL, making two apperances before December last year.
Even in youth games, physically he just wasn’t coping with the demands of Scottish football. Over the Christmas period though, something clicked for Gorrin and he hasn’t looked back since.
His drive and aggressive tackling helped drive the combative 4-3-3 Stephen Robinson implemented after Christmas. Alongside David Turnbull and Allan Campbell, Gorrin was part of one of the SPFL’s brightest midfield’s during the latter stages of 2018/19.
Now he’s thriving down south and it’s good to see Gorrin doing so well.