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The 2 Oldham Athletic players who could have a major impact on the club’s season

Who can Laurent Banide look to rely on to provide a successful first season under his newly founded reign at Boundary Park?

With a new managerial approach, Oldham Athletic and Laurent Banide will be hoping for much improved season to that of the 2018/19 EFL League 2 season which saw them finish at a distasteful 14th place.

The Latics should be challenging to regain their once comfortable position in the EFL League One. With Banide’s first gander at challenging in English Football, what players can help make the difference between his glory and his failure?

Alex Lacovitti

Oldham Athletic is set to obtain this 21-year-old centre-back on the 1st July 2019 permanently after a loan spell with the club. His strong left foot allows him to feature at left-back also.

This young man has been contracted with Nottingham Forest since 2016, featuring loans to Mansfield Town and Forest Green. He has 31 EFL League two games under his belt already and is looking to progress his career with solidity in the starting eleven of Oldham Athletic.

Mohamad Sylla

This French central-midfielder joined the Latics in January 2019, during the midst of a terrible season featuring multiple managers.

With the French manager Laurent Banide coming in to offer stability and projections of a positive future. His effect on Sylla is something to keep an eye on throughout the 19/20 season; can Oldham Athletic develop a French connection of their own?

He has featured in 15 games in the League for the Latics so far. However, with a full season under an experienced manager of the same nationality, he could prove vital to the progression of his new team.

2 Man Utd players that are holding Solskjaer back that need to leave this summer

What two Red Devils are holding back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his fight for a top-four spot next season?

Manchester United are supposedly undergoing a rebuild, according to their beloved manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, their only acquisition so far has been a confirmed young Welshman from Swansea; Daniel James.

In the 2018/19 campaign, Manchester United finished at an unimpressive sixth position in the Premier League standings. Scoring the second lowest amount of goals in the top six, with 65, above Chelsea who had 63. However, United did concede the most amount goals in the top six, at a massive 54 goals. For context, Man City conceded 23 and Liverpool conceded 22.

It’s clear that both creating and stopping goals has been an ongoing issue for Manchester United, so who’s to blame?

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has had two seasons at Old Trafford, costing them upwards of £80million to Everton. With regards to immaturity and room for development for younger forwards such as Rashford and Greenwood. It is clear that a striker who can provide more than Lukaku can is needed, whilst the youngsters have time to grow and compete for the number 9 spot.

Phil Jones

In the eyes of most Manchester United fans, Phil Jones as the last choice centre-back. Unfortunately for them, Manchester United seem to disagree. By bringing in a solid, world-class centre-back to partner up with the fan favourite Victor Lindelof, it allows the likes of Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly to feature as rotation defenders. Manchester United have far too many centre-backs to hold on to each one if pursuits for a newcomer go to plan.

The 2 Salford City players who could have a major impact on the club’s league football debut season

Salford City have a big season ahead of them as they test the waters of the English Football League.

Salford City achieved a third-place finish in the National League, leading to a play-off final against AFC Fylde which resulted in a 3-0 win for the newly promoted side.

After an impressive season 2018/19 season, Salford City will be aiming to maintain and grow within the English Football League League 2. What can separate this promising side from the many clubs who failed to remain in the top flights of English football?

Here are two players to look out for in Salford City’s venture into the English Football League…

Tom Walker

This 23-year-old wide-midfielder joined the cause in January 2018 from Salford’s neighbours over at FC United of Manchester. After previously being contracted with Bolton Wanderers, and experiencing a year-long loan at Bury FC, this young man has a degree of experience in the EFL which could prove useful as they aim to stay there.

Oscar Threlkeld

Also a previous Bolton Wanderer, Threlkeld is a recent free signing of 25 years of age, whose versatility allows him to play full-back, centre-back and defensive midfield positions.

He already has a wealth of experience in the English Football League with a loan spell and a permanent contract with Plymouth Argyle. Threlkeld accumulated 97 appearances for the club and has played in both League One and League Two. Salford City gaining his signature shows their determination to build a squad suited to the top tiers of English Football.

The 2 Man Utd wonderkids who could have a major impact on the club’s 19/20 season

Are Manchester United over signing big names as an attempt to claw back to the top of English football?

It’s fair to say that since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have signed a gallery of elite footballers. Most of which did not provide what their price tag entailed. Ed Woodward has spent over £700million since 2013, resulting only in minimal success.

However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the wheel, it seems a new approach is being taken in order to rebuild the once glorious Manchester United.

Here are 2 Man Utd wonder kids who could feature in the 2019/20 season, and prove vital to their aspirations of a top-four finish…

Mason Greenwood

Towards the end of the 2018/19 season, a lot of hype and excitement was generated around the name Mason Greenwood. He holds the accomplishment of gaining 34 goals and 9 assists in 34 games for Manchester United’s Under 18 squad.

These phenomenal statistics allowed Greenwood to be featured in the famous 3-1 victory at PSG, as well as being the only player in red to be allowed to hold his head high after the team’s poor performance against Cardiff in the last game of the season at Old Trafford.

It is clear that Mason Greenwood is in the mind of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and fans would be outraged if he is left out of the plans during the 2019/20 season.

Daniel James

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing for Manchester United came in the form of the 19-year-old Welsh winger Daniel James. Famed for his unbelievable pace, this is reminiscent of a young Ryan Giggs who was an instrumental feature in Manchester United’s old-school, fast-paced counter-attacking format.

Daniel James may not be expected to start in every game of the season. However, having this young, hungry and exceptionally talented speed demon on the bench, could provide Manchester United with the last minute twists and turns that they are famous for.

2 Man City youngsters who could have a major impact on the club’s 19/20 season

Pep Guardiola has a wealth of talent in the Manchester City dressing room, but will it be the young stars who make an impact on their new season?

Manchester City are aiming for their third consecutive Premier League title, as well as demonstrate what kind of effect they can have in the Champions League.

Much unlike City, transfer rumours have been few and far between this summer. This could mean Pep Guardiola is confident that his current squad, can fight to end of each competition in the upcoming 2019/20 season.

These are two promising young blues who could feature heavily in Guardiola’s hunt for ultimate glory, in what could potentially be his last season at the helm of Manchester City.

Phil Foden

In the 2018/19 season, the 19-year-old midfielder Phil Foden featured in 13 Premier League Matches and appeared in 4 Champions League matches, bagging himself a goal in each competition.

His ability to keep up with the squad, and handle the responsibilities laid upon him by the manager shows that this young star is more than capable of maintaining a first-team spot for the champions of England.

His ability to have such a talent in the rotation of the squad will likely extend their Champions League run in. Furthering hopes of becoming the champions of Europe for the first time in the clubs history.

Claudio Gomes

City acquired the 18-year-old defensive midfielder in January of 2018 from Paris Saint-Germain. Apparently, Gomes has been nicknamed ‘N’golo Kante’ by his peers due to the similarities of his play style to his French counterpart.

Over recent years, the central-defensive midfield position has been maintained by the likes of Yaya Toure and most recently, the 34-year-old Fernandinho. Much like with Phil Foden, Guardiola’s ability to rotate these positions with incredibly talented youth will preserve the stamina of the squad, ultimately taking them further than they got to last season.

Man United fans divided on James signing from ‘this project requires patience’ to ‘Look at Real Madrid’s signings’

Fans are divided between excitement and outrage as Manchester United sign Daniel James, whilst the elites of Europe are bolstering up their squads with guaranteed shirt sellers.

Whilst Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus and Barcelona are successfully signing and chasing the likes of Hazard, Griezmann, De Ligt, De Gea and many more of the world’s most elite players. Manchester United’s one signing has been the young Welshman Daniel James from Swansea City for £15million plus £3million in add-ons. Many see this is a positive move which can protect the future of Manchester United, however many others are disappointed in the lack of quality being brought into the club compared to the other billionaire clubs around Europe.

However, not all fans are focusing on the whereabouts of their rivals, as some see Daniel James as a first step in rebuilding a once great Manchester United.

‘Should win them all! A tricky game away at Burnley 3rd Dec, apart from that…’ Man City fans feeling confident following fixtures announcement

With the depth and quality of Manchester City’s squad, the order in which they face the rest of the Premier League will most likely not affect their title challenge.

Manchester City fans have been vocal on Twitter regarding the release of the 2019/20 Premier League fixtures. Man City has not yet announced any transfers this summer, despite them having much to prove in European football.

Some fans may be getting complacent, whilst hoping that their team doesn’t.

One City fan doesn’t want to hear about fixtures, he wants transfer news.

Manchester City’s original fixture poster said ‘October 2018’ and ‘May 2019’ rather than ‘October 2019’ and ‘May 2020’, they made light of the amendment by captioning it ‘spot the difference’. Unfortunately for Manchester United, no time travelling to the past will partake in the upcoming season.

Who’s Man City’s Noah Ohio & Why Should They Be Trying To Keep Him

Should Pep Guardiola let Noah Ohio follow in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps?

Much like Noah Ohio, a 16-year-old striker of English and Dutch citizenship, Jadon Sancho was part of Manchester City’s youth set-up from 2015 to 2017, when he rejected a new contract in order to join the German giants Borussia Dortmund. Who finished only 2 points behind the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the 2018/19 season.

Fast forward 2 years and Jadon Sancho is one of the world’s most sought after players, being valued at around £100million at only 19 years of age, as interest from the best teams in world football are chasing his signature.

Noah Ohio has also rejected a contract from Manchester City and is on the verge of signing with RB Leipzig, who comfortably achieved a third-place finish in the Bundesliga behind Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

The 16-year-old striker has played 4 games for Netherland’s Under 16 squad and has bagged himself 4 goals in those games, he knows where the back of the net is, much like his superior Sergio Aguero. With the assumption that Noah Ohio can follow suit in the rapid progression that Jaden Sancho had when exposed to first team football, Manchester City would do well to hold onto this prolific young striker and develop him into a suitable replacement for the 31-year-old superstar Sergio Aguero.

It is clear that teams in the Bundesliga are seeking out young English talent, with the likes of Jonjoe Kenny joining Schalke on loan from Everton, West Ham’s Reece Oxford to Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg and Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson at Hoffenheim, and now Noah Ohio being strongly linked to RB Leipzig.

Manchester City allowing a future star to leave could hurt them financially, as he may go on to be an £80million plus player like Jadon Sancho, the least they could do is attempt to gain a sell-on clause in order to reap some rewards of the young blooming talent.

Noah Ohio is definitely one to watch, it would not be surprising to see him being linked to the top clubs in the next few years, fetching a hefty price.

What can Laurent Banide Bring to Oldham Athletic Next Season

Is it a fresh start or the same old for Oldham Athletic?

Oldham Athletic have announced that the former French Monaco manager Laurent Banide, would be taking charge of the League Two team who only achieved a 14th place finish in the EFL League Two by the end of the 2018/19 season.

Since the departure of Lee Johnson in February of 2015, Oldham Athletic have appointed 10 different managers, including the likes of Stephen Robinson, Frankie Bunn, Pete Wild and even a month-long spell for the Manchester United legend and Oldham Athletic boyhood fan Paul Scholes, in the hopes of brightening the future of the club. If Banide can last a full season with Oldham Athletic, he would be the longest-serving manager at the club since Lee Johnson.

Banide got the spot as coach of Monaco in 2005 after being involved in the coaching staff since 1993, meaning he has accumulated almost 15 years experience of managing at a competitive football level and over 25 years of coaching experience in general. With his most recent ventures taking him to manage at the top level of football in countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

A big contrast to the recently appointed and disappointed Paul Scholes, who had no managerial experience, Oldham Athletic’s chairman Abdallah Lemsagam says, “He brings a lot of experience to this club and I’m looking forward to working alongside him in the 2019/20 campaign”.

Oldham Athletic were relegated to the lowest tier of the English Football League at the end of the 2017/18 season, and with another sub-par season in their new competition, it is evident that a new approach was needed.

Ever since the founding of the beloved Greater Manchester club, Oldham Athletic have never had a manager from outside of the UK and Ireland, Banide is the first.

Oldham Athletic’s new approach shows a degree of determination and professionalism, can Banide’s wealth of managerial experience take Oldham Athletic back to League One and beyond? And short of appointing the likes of Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho, if Banide can’t improve this Oldham squad, then who can?

It will be an interesting 2019/20 season for Banide and Oldham. Can they adopt stability or will Banide join the long list of managers who failed to last a full season with Oldham Athletic?

Two Reasons Why Norwich City’s Max Aarons Is Worth The Punt For Man Utd Over Wan-Bissaka

Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go straight for Palace’s Wan-Bissaka or steal the man they wish to replace him with?

According to reports, Manchester United have had a £40million bid rejected for Crystal Palace’s wonder kid right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who are holding out for a price in the region of £60million.

As a result of the pressure from big clubs showing a keen interest in Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace have been linked to the man who won Young Player of the Season award, Max Aarons, whose name featured in the overall EFL Team of the Season.

However, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have joined the race in capturing the 19 years young full-back, Max Aarons. He is currently contracted at Norwich City who are asking for around £15million for his services.

Here are two reasons why Max Aarons may be a better signing for Manchester United than Aaron Wan-Bissaka…

Financial

After Crystal Palace countered Manchester United’s £40million offer for Wan-Bissaka to a much higher £60million, it may be the case that the two clubs do not see eye-to-eye on the value of the player. Crystal Palace’s interest in Max Aarons as a Wan-Bissaka replacement, as well as the accomplishments the young full-back as achieved already, shows that the top clubs believe that Aarons can or may evolve into a player that can provide the quality of service that Wan-Bissaka does.

Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot has been an exciting prospect for Manchester United, demonstrating value to the club in his first season with them. At only 20 years of age himself, the young Portuguese brought in by ex-manager Jose Mourinho proved pivotal to Manchester United at crucial moments. One example being the shot resulting in the penalty that saw Manchester United progress in the Champions League in their famous victory over PSG.

With both Dalot and Max Aarons in the side, there would be two promising young full-backs competing for the spot that will be left for the taking by the 33-year-old ex-winger and current full-back Ashley Young.

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