Hull City transfer news: Former Sheffield United striker Tyler Smith leaves on loan after losing out in competition for places up front
Smith has struggled for regular football this season despite the Tigers often being short up front, and him finding the net in three of his 14 appearances. Only five of them have come from the start.
The on-loan arrival of Aaron Connolly, who scored his first two goals for the club at home to Queens Park Rangers and the return to fitness of Benjamin Tetteh.
Tetteh is currently one game into a three-match suspension for violent conduct against Sheffield United but when he returns, he will provide further competition to Oscar Estupinan, who has his own injury issues in the first half of the campaign.
In light of all that, and with Liam Rosenior keen to operate with a much leaner squad in the remainder of the Championship season, it makes sense for Sheffield-born Smith to drop down a division in search of game-time.
In total he has made just 12 league starts since joining from the Blades in the summer of 2021.
Oxford have had a disappointing first half of 2022-23 but their know-how of the division means they cannot be discounted for a late play-off push.
Smith could make his debut at home to Barnsley on Wednesday.