HE may have only scored five goals for the U's last season, and only four of those in the league, but the early signs are that Kayode Odejayi will be sorely missed this campaign.

Odejayi's decision to turn down the offer of a new contract, and instead drop down a division to join ambitious League Two club Rotherham, will almost certainly  turn out to be a big blow for the U's.

And this has nothing to do with his goal-scoring record, which at best is poor, and at worst is dreadful for a striker.

Instead, l believe we are already missing Odejayi, and badly, for his sheer presence up front and also his uncanny knack of setting up goals for his team-mates.

The U's have nearly always been at their best, when playing with a big target man - whether it be Roy McDonough, Mark Sale, Clive Platt, Chris Iwelumo or Odejayi.

New boy Clinton Morrison will get sharper, and hopefully he will score goals for the U's this season. The veteran front-runner is currently on 149 career league goals, and is waiting eagerly to rattle up his 150th.

But with five games gone, and no wins recorded, I can't help worrying where all our goals are going to come from this season.

Many of leading scorer Anthony Wordsworth's 13 goals last season, were teed up by Odejayi, and the big man also played a major part in several of the goals bagged by fellow striker Steven Gillespie and attacker Ian Henderson.

Odejayi, for all his critics, drew opposing defenders towards him, which created extra space for his team-mates to exploit.

He also had the ability to hold up the ball sufficiently to bring team-mates into play, in and around the box.

In short, Odejayi was a big handful for all opposing defences. He may not have scored many goals (his last for the U's was in a 4-2 home win against Notts County on October 29, 2011), but he was always the first name on manager John Ward's team-sheet - he rarely missed a game during his two-and-a-half years with the U's.

A few eyebrows were raised when Odejayi scooped the main player-of-the-season award at the end of last term, especially as he didn't score during his last 29 appearances for the U's.

But the 30-year-old, in my opinion, was one of the most effective target men in League One.

And he will probably return to League One next season, for Rotherham - he is already a mainstay of the Millers, and has also contributed a couple of goals, one of them a terrific solo goal in the 1-1 draw at Chesterfield.

Sometimes, you don't appreciate a player until he's gone!