It’s true that the Latics haven’t been the fastest of starters in recent years. Although this year’s beginning is far from blistering, the average Latics fan is at least content so far.
Loan signings at opposite ends of the field seem to have given the side a more balanced look. If nothing else, it has fixed most of the problems from the second half of last season.
Around about Christmas time last year, the goals dried up for Latics. In -orm loanee Eoin Doyle was injured, and Craig Davies seemed to have his mind elsewhere.
Whilst at the other end, ‘Marmite’ goalie, Jonny Placide, had started to leak goals. Some of which were of his own creation, as yet another Cruyff turn proved one too many.
Enter Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) and Dan Iverson (Leicester) on loan for the season.
Sam Surridge’s form has been superb, scoring nine goals in nine appearances, with one assist too. He also picked up the League two player of the month award for September. In Surridge, the Latics have a player that wants to get stuck in, is passionate about his football, and gives it all every game. He is continually a thorn in the defender’s side, alongside some tidy finishing and an excellent turn of pace.
Without Surridge, it scares me as to where Oldham would be.
Dan Iverson’s performances are also well worthy of praise. It seems at least once a game (sometimes more), he pulls off an absolute ‘worldy’ to keep the opposition out. These saves are certainly key to keeping Latics in games and allowing them to pick up points.
Two great and very much needed signings by Frankie Bunn.
As always with Oldham, the season could go either way from here on in, but one thing is for certain, these two loanees will be absolutely key to any success that comes their way.