There has to be a point in the season when plans for the next campaign start to take shape. Given that Oldham are unlikely to embark on an 11 match winning streak, mid table is looking likely and the introduction of a couple of new faces would seem to make sense. However, we are not yet out of the running so it would be foolish to abandon any hope we may still have. Consequently, Paul Scholes should pick his best side for the Cambridge game which I believe should line up like this.
Goalkeeper 1. Daniel Iversen
An ever present in the team and rightly so. There have been numerous occasions when Daniel has shown that he is not just the best ‘keeper in League Two but, he has a long and successful career in front of him when he returns to Leicester City.
Defender 4. George Edmundson
If there are certain names that go on the starting 11 list first you can bet that at Latics Edmundson’s is amongst them. A product of Oldham’s academy he has been a regular this season, and attracted interest from clubs around the country during the transfer window.
Defender 26. Peter Clarke (C)
Fearless, composed and a natural leader. We really don’t have anyone at present who could replace Clarke at the heart of defence, and take over the role of Captain.
Defender 23. Rob Hunt
It’s common knowledge that when Hunt plays at full back, Nepomuceno can play on the wing and that’s a good enough reason to pick Rob every game.
Defender 34. Thomas Hamer
Another player from the Academy who has the extra ability of a long throw. In League Two football that’s the equivalent of having an extra man.
Midfield 8. Jose Baxter
The most improved player at Boundary Park since Christmas. Can turn a game round with a killer pass and has weighed in with several key goals. Latics fans will be looking for him to be playing a major part in the last 11 games.
Midfield 17. Christopher Missilou
Another player who we have missed when he hasn’t been in the side. Strong and direct but with some lapses in concentration. Still head and shoulders above others who are waiting in the wings.
Midfield 28. Mohammed Maouche
I genuinely wonder where we would be in the league if we hadn’t the services of Maouche. Clever and skilful and the perfect partner to Baxter.
Midfield 27. Gevaro Nepomuceno
Who can forget the pinpoint cross for the winner against Fulham which booked our place in the next round? Wasted at full back although he is perfectly at home there, Gevaro is best suited supplying the crosses for our frontmen.
Forward 19. Callum Lang
There’s not a lot to be said about Callum that hasn’t already been said. Extremely talented and by far a much superior player than many others in the division. Certainly too good to be returning to a poor side like Wigan at the end of the season.
Forward 9. Zachary Dearnley
If you’re going to give a loan player the number 9 shirt, he should be in the starting line up every game. Showed his obvious skills at Bury but tired late in the game. A chance to show what he’s made of is long overdue.