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Everton seek to use Man City 29y/o to level up next season

It is being said that Manchester City’s Fabian Delph has a number of clubs looking at signing him before the transfer window closes. The Football Manc Cave are exploring the possibility of Everton being his next move.

The midfielder, who is also comfortable as a left back, still has a year remaining on his current contract with Pep Guardiola’s side. Although it is believed that he has been told he can leave this summer. Man City are yet to receive any bids for the 29-year-old but they are expected to come flooding in soon.

With Everton apparently being one of the clubs interested. The Football Manc Cave take a look at what he’s achieved so far, and how he will help the Toffees if there is a possibility of them signing him.

Youth career

He started his youth career with Bradford City and Leeds Utd before signing a professional contract with Leeds in 2006. In 2009 he joined Aston Villa where he spent the next 6 years signed to the club. However, in 2012, he went back on loan to Leeds. It wasn’t until 2015 that he signed for Manchester City. Delph has also been called up to the England team on 20 occasions.

Everton had a successful run last year as they finished 8th in the Premier League. Now it looks like they are trying to strengthen their squad with experience, so they can keep up in the top half of the table next season. Andre Gomes and Jonas Lossl have both already put pen to paper for the Toffees and now Marco Silva could be about to get one more signature.

With Delph evidently falling short of being favourited at the Etihad, it’s clear that he may be interested in moving somewhere that he can get game time. If he does receive bids from a number of teams, which I’m sure he will, he would have a hard choice to make.

Delph will be a welcomed addition to the ever-improving Everton side. His Premier League know-how can only aid Silva in his quest to better last season final position.

A 3-point plan for Oldham Athletic to make the playoffs

The Latics will have a new manager, new signings and new teams to play against next season but what can they do to secure themselves a playoff position or even just finish higher in the league?

After their 14th position league finish, Oldham decided to give Laurent Banide a chance at managing the team ahead of next season. He was only appointed this month and the 51-year old received a lot of backlash from Oldham fans. It seems that Latics fans don’t think he will do much to improve their league chances. However, they have just announced a few signings and there’s still a while before the summer is over so what can Oldham do to either secure a playoff spot or finish higher than 14th?

Treat Every Game As A “Key Date”

When League Two fixtures were released last week, Oldham picked out newly promoted Salford as one of their ‘key dates,’ along with Bradford and Macclesfield. Personally, I think all the players and management should be going out with the attitude as every game is a key date because the intentions are to win every game. Go out with those kinds of attitudes and you will have better results.

Trust New Signing’s

Zak Mills and Gary Woods have both recently been announced as new signings before the season starts for Oldham. I’m positive that there will be more signings and contract extensions before the start to the new season but I hope these new additions will put as much into training as they would into a game, get starts in matches and hopefully deliver for Oldham when given the chance.

Manager

Oldham fans were very quick to judge Laurent Banide, although I think he needs to be given the chance by the club, team and fans. If you don’t give him the opportunity to deliver before he’s even started, you’re setting yourselves up for failure. If he turns out to be everything that Oldham was NOT looking for then fine but until that happens, let’s see how he manages.

Oldham Athletic fans not feeling very optimistic ahead of the new season ‘Macclesfield and Salford as key fixtures, I feel sick’ ‘That’s a tough start’

Laurent Banide’s side have revealed their fixtures to fans this morning and how has it gone down?

The Latics finished 14th last season in League Two. They start their 2019/20 campaign facing Forest Green away on the 3rd of August, Crewe at home on the 10th and Bradford away on the 17th.

Oldham’s Twitter account posted their fixtures in a unique way, they put out their opening five fixtures in one post. Their ‘festive fixtures’ in another and then what they predict to be their, ‘Key Fixtures’ to be before posting a full rundown of the season to come.

According to them, Macclesfield, Salford and Bradford are dates for the fans diaries but some have disagreed…

Salford City favourites for the League 2 title?…Not for me

Salford are the bookmakers’ (SkyBet) favourites alongside Scunthorpe to win League Two next season. It will be The Ammies’ first season in the EFL, will they adapt and dominate as quickly as expected?

Salford has the ability and stature to attract players. With the ‘Class of 92’ part owning the Manchester club, players are keen to join and be a part of history. Coupled with the fact their manager, Graham Alexander, has experience of managing in the EFL already with Scunthorpe. You’d expect Salford to sign good quality players, and be challenging at the right end of the table come May. Favourites for the title? Not for me.

In my opinion, Bradford will win the league next season. They have a brilliant fan base who support their club through thick and thin, Gary Bowyer is a top manager and building a side with the aim of winning the division. Zeli Ismail and Clayton Donaldson have already signed for The Bantams, while striker James Vaughan is also expected to sign, which could result in goals, goals and more goals.

Ryan Lowe will be targeting promotion with Plymouth, having succeeded at the task with Bury last season. Also, Scunthorpe now has Paul Hurst, who won promotion and done a superb at Shrewsbury.

The 2019/20 League Two season promises to be very tightly contested, and with no clear favourite for the title, everyone will fancy their chances of making the top three.

2 Salford City players that need to leave for the sake of their own careers

The Ammies has an amazing season that saw them promoted from the National League to League Two. 

Salford were promoted when they won their playoff match against Flyde. The class of 92 now have a League 2 season to compete in, and the club have recently put out their list of players they are releasing alongside who they’re keeping on contract.

With that in mind, I’ve had a look at two players I would have also let go or just send out on loan. 

Max Crocombe

The 25-year-old goalkeeper signed for Salford in 2017 after he wasn’t offered a scholarship by Luton or MK Dons, and he’d tried his best to get into other teams so decided to get into non-league football.

In 2017, Crocombe played for Salford against Bradford but he ended up getting sent off after he was seen urinating at the side of a stand. It would be fairly easy for Salford to recruit a replacement whether it be temporary or permanent.

He isn’t their first choice and maybe the Ammies should let him go on loan somewhere while he gets some more appearances, and learns to wait till half or full time to go for a wee. 

Josh Askew

Askew may benefit from going elsewhere also. The 21-year-old defender has had 41 appearances and 2 goals since 2017, but he’s no stranger to loans or other clubs.

He spent nine years at Blackburn before joining the Ammies. At Rovers, he signed his first professional contract in 2016 however, that same season, he went on loan to Ramsbottom. Admittedly he did come away with player of the year but then he ended up at Warrington. Maybe the defender would be better suited somewhere else. 

‘Do well find a club with a worse preseason schedule than ours’ Wigan Athletic fans unhappy with pre-season plans

Wigan announced a pre-season friendly against Premiership outfit Everton, to be played on Wednesday 24th July. The Latics will also play host to Lancashire rivals Burnley on Saturday 27th July.

Both fixtures will give solid tests’ to Paul Cooks side ahead of their 2019/20 Championship campaign. Before the two home games, they will travel to Chester, AFC Fylde and Bradford as part of their preparations.

The fans were hoping for a sunny trip to Portugal or Spain. However, they will have to settle for a trip to Blackpool tower after visiting AFC Fylde… at least you can buy some Blackpool rock, silver linings and all that.

Let’s see how Wigan fans reacted to their full pre-season announcement…

Curzon’s Key Matches In February in Quest for Unlikely Playoff Hunt

Curzon’s most recent result of a 1-1 draw leaves them unbeaten this year and hopefully won’t put the breaks on too heavily on their chances of a playoff place.

There are two games this February I think are crucial to the Nash’s hopes this season…

The first falls this weekend against Hereford away at the utter beauty of a football ground that is Edgar Street. Curzon are comfortably clear of Hereford in the National League North so you might wonder why I think this is an important game. Well, years of supporting Manchester City in their difficult years in the 90s and 00s have taught me many things, mainly about staying warm and the location of chip shops in Reading, but also that you cannot get complacent against any team.

Hereford should be easy for a team playing as well as Curzon who are currently hard to beat, however, if they go in with that attitude and Hereford go in battling in an attempt to avoid the drop, they could drop points that they shouldn’t be.

Staying focussed against this opposition is crucial. On paper, it looks an easy three points for the Nash, and if they come away with that it could be a huge step to their playoff dreams. However, taking a point from this would mean a lot to Hereford and I imagine they will be throwing the kitchen sink at this game. Curzon need to make sure they go into this respecting this opposition, keeping the upward curve in improvement with their back line and hopefully walking away with the points they deserve.

The other game I think could have a huge baring is Altrincham at home at the end of the month. This is for two reasons, the first of which is that Altrincham are floating far higher up the league than they are, currently in the playoff, and a good performance against them is a real statement that Curzon are playing better than they ever have and are a team to be taken seriously at this level.

The second is that playing well would be a confidence boost to the team itself who will have a tough game away against Bradford Park Avenue for their first March game. Bradford PA are almost certainties for the playoff spots and I saw them pull York apart earlier this season, they will be tough opposition on home turf. However, if they have performed well against Altrincham it will be a bit of hope that they can head to Horsfall Stadium with a real chance of taking something from one of their toughest remaining games this season.

2 Potential Season Defining Games For Rochdale Over The Festive Period

Rochdale are approaching a big seasonal crossroads this month, with two important games coming up that could go some way to establishing how they will fare come May.

The first of those matches is on Saturday when they take on Plymouth at Spotland. (The Crown Oil Arena) This game already starts to look like a must win for Keith Hill if he wants to avoid slipping into a relegation battle like last season.

Plymouth finds themselves 22nd with a 4 point gap having opened up to safety already, the odds look slimmer by the week that they will manage to go on to have a successful season like last year. Rochdale have to be looking at this a good chance of getting three points further away from that drop zone, and with improved performances coming of late as touched upon in previous articles, might we about to see them hit form at one of the most crucial points in the season?

The second match this month I would suggest is season defining is Rochdale’s clash with rock-bottom Bradford.  Which is their last game of the year on Saturday the 29th of December. Rochdale actually managed to come away with all 3 points in the reverse fixture back in October albeit thanks too 2 Ian Henderson penalties, 1 of only 3 wins away from home in the league so far this season for them.

So they should have no fear of facing this Bradford side on home turf. On a side note worth mentioning – a win would be a fitting tribute to the long-standing chairman Chris Dunphy who is vacating the role after playing a major part in leading the clubs direction and financial stability, to the envy of many lower league clubs in over 30 years at the club as director and chairman.

These are the type of games Rochdale need at this crossroads, as much has been made of Rochdale’s tricky start to the season. Particularly at Spotland where they have already faced 6 of the top 8 this season and have only managed to pick 4 points up out a maximum of 24 in those games. So they have played some of the perceived stronger teams in the league this season, and excuses for their league position can be made in that respect.

But there comes a point where they have to start stringing wins together and, getting points on the board if they want to avoid being at the wrong end of the table in May. I believe this month and run of fixtures over the festive period are not only season-defining but, offer a real chance of climbing the table and entering 2019 in a stronger position than they are now.