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With 2 weeks left of the window, what do Oldham Athletic need to do

Leagues 1&2 still have a couple of weeks to get any last-minute signings done. What does Oldham Athletic need to do?

Oldham have had to face a lot over the summer, they’ve spent the majority of it getting used to the new manager, Laurent Banide. On top of that, fans were begging their team to get new signings made which is exactly what they’ve done. I just think it’s come too late and that’s the problem that Oldham are having.

They’ve managed to get the likes of, ex Bolton captain, David Wheater, another ex Bolton man, Chris Eagles and Plymouth left-back Ashley Smith-Brown to put pen to paper. There’s been a few more over the summer too, however, pre-season games showed Oldham that they needed better defence.

The players they have signed have great potential and I honestly don’t think they need to sign anybody else. If they do, that will be a bonus to the squad and it will give Banide more options. For the time being, however, it’s about the training sessions and how they can make the most out of them.

Defence needs work

One of the biggest things that need to be worked on is the defence. Like I said earlier, Oldham lacked quality at the back and the management finally realised that just before the start of the season when they started to recruit. Training sessions now need to be focussed on them and how they should gel together.

The situation that their style of play is in at the minute is very much like Man United’s last season. The back four need to tighten up so that they can push forward on the attack with no problems. Banide needs to work with what he’s already got and make it strong. That’s what he’s there to do, although he hasn’t been there long so he just needs some time. At least that’s what Latics fans are hoping.

Once the defence is at its best, that’s when the training sessions can switch to attacking positions. Banide will either turn this around or end up getting sacked. Who ever ends up in charge needs to work the existing squad up to standard.

Two Oldham Athletic players that need to shine for Binade against Blackburn Rovers

Laurent Banide could find a pass this season if he can take his team far in the Carabao Cup. But he needs these two Oldham Athletic players to show up to see them past Blackburn Rovers…

Oldham Athletic was keen on beginning the season under new manager Laurent Banide, as the Frenchman looks to take Oldham Athletic to the other end of the table.

Unfortunately for the Latics, they currently find themselves on zero points after two games in League Two. They have played both home and away and have been outplayed on both occasions, suffering from less possession and fewer passes than their opponents.

Banide’s side was dominated by a strong Forest Green. But was also easily bested by a Crewe side who was recently obliterated by Plymouth Argyle. This shows that Oldham is unable to match not only the top teams but the fairly average teams also.

Regardless, Banide’s Latics will go toe to toe against Championship’s Blackburn Rovers. They currently find themselves on zero points after two games. Though they have faced very fierce opponents in Fulham and Charlton.

Should Oldham cause an upset in this game, they would need moments of brilliance from the quality they have, as it appears the reigns of Banide aren’t controlling much thus far.

The Football Manc Cave bring you the two players who can lead Oldham Athletic to victory in this big League Cup tie…

Scott Wilson

Banide has started Wilson upfront in both games of the league so far. It appears that he is in favour with the manager and that the Latics believe he can be their goalscorer. The 26-year-old Englishman Scott Wilson scored 14 and assisted 5 for Macclesfield in the 17/18 National League, and continued with 10 goals and 2 assists for the same side in the 18/19 EFL League Two.

Now in the Oldham Athletic strip, Wilson needs to take his game up a level and live up to the trust placed in him by the manager. A winning goal in a cup game against a tough opponent would kick start his career with Oldham.

Chris Eagles

Another recent acquisition for the side is ex-Man Utd and Burnley man Chris Eagles. The 33-year-old is still kicking it. Against such a tough opponent, Oldham Athletic must utilize the experience and quality they have in Eagles.

He has faced teams of all strength and sizes and will be able to set the bar for his teammates against a team who, on paper, beat them with ease.

Two areas Oldham Athletic still need to strengthen before the transfer window shuts

The football season is finally back and Oldham Athletic have lost their first two league games. The Football Manc Cave look at the areas that need improvement for Laurent Banide’s side.

Fans really aren’t happy with how their team have been performing, and all summer they were begging for the club to sign new players.

Banide has had to also adapt as their new manager so fans have been doubting his capability. Some signings were announced before the Latics’ first league game, however, the losses means there are still areas that can be improved…


Before the season started, Oldham listened to their fans who were asking for a tighter defence and signed David Wheater, Tomas Egert and Ashley Smith-Brown. However, this didn’t give them enough time to gel together as a team. Banide needs to take his training sessions as a chance for these players to get to know how to work well together. They might have lost their opening games of the season, the defence can work well, they just need to blend their newest additions into the squad before the season gets any further down the line.

Goal Scorer

A goalscorer is something Oldham desperately need but not just that, they also need someone who isn’t scared to create chances. They have just signed the likes of Chris Eagles who is a winger, and it will take him time to bond with the team too.

Oldham have left it too late. If they would have got their signings in a little earlier then maybe their defence would be tighter, and they could start trying to create a shot on goal. They were dominated on the opening weekend and didn’t produce a shot on target or even a corner. Clearly once the defence is tighter, the goal scorers and wingers need to pull through.

Two Oldham Athletic players that should be given start against Liverpool tonight

Before Oldham Athletic takes on Liverpool Under 21’s, here are two players that the Football Manc Cave have picked out who should be getting a chance to play.

The fixture will be played at home for Oldham and it is for the Leasing.com Trophy.

Unfortunately Oldhams opening game of League Two saw them lose 1-0 to Forest Green Rovers. This game shouldn’t be taken as seriously as the league however it should be a chance for some players to get a game.

David Wheater

He only signed for the club this week and got a game already at the weekend, however, this will give him a perfect opportunity to try and gel with his new team while not being under as much pressure.

Oldhams defence needs work and the experience that Wheater has is great. He just needs to form a tighter style of play at the back with his new teammates.

Chris Eagles

Another player who signed for the Latics over the summer. He was on the bench for Oldhams opening game and should be considered in the starting line up against the Under 21’s Liverpool squad so that the manager, fans and club can see how he gels with his new team too.

This will also give Oldham a chance to get tighter in the positions that they struggled in, in their first game of the season but without the added pressure of league points.

Two free agents Oldham Athletic should be looking at – Agree?

Oldham Athletic will be hoping to turn their form around and resurface to League One. These two free agents could help Laurent Banide do it.

After many disappointing years as an Oldham Athletic fan, there is faith in Laurent Banide to succeed as a completely new approach is to be taken. Banide is the first manager from outside the UK & Ireland to take charge of The Latics since the foundation of the club.

In his first press conference, the Frenchman stressed the importance of harnessing youth talent, which demonstrates his motivation to provide a bright future at Boundary Park. However, Banide needs a stronger squad to turn these projections into reality.

The market is hectic. But Oldham could seek to find a few gems in free transfers, with the market closing in around six weeks. Here are two Banide should be looking at…

Amine Linganzi

French-speaking midfielder Linganzi has recently been released by Oldham’s neighbours Salford City. The 29-year old’s career in both England and France has seen little action on the pitch, making the player likely to accept a squad rotation role. Linganzi can solidify the midfield and improve the variety of player that Banide has at his disposal.

He will be keen to achieve a high league finish to show his ex-teams what they’re missing. As well as allowing Banide to focus on youth by bringing in experience who will require less coaching.

Chris Eagles

Many will remember Chris Eagles from his top tier EFL days with Manchester United, Burnley, and Bolton. With over 200 games in the Championship and over 70 in the Premier League, the wealth of quality and experience Eagles would bring is massively more valuable than the £0 fee Oldham would have to pay.

Again, by bringing in quality and experienced players, Banide’s focus on youth can increase. As well as the youngsters learning from players who have been around the block.

If Oldham wants to see the League One any time soon, they need quality. One of the many things Chris Eagles can offer to Laurent Banide, as well as a great understanding of English football, something the manager is lacking himself.

3 players Oldham Athletic must Loan, Buy & Sell – Agree?

After a 14th place finish in League Two for Oldham Athletic last season and now a new manager. Football Manc Cave has had a look at players the Latics could sign and sell.

Laurent Banide has now taken over as manager of Oldham Athletic and fans are finding it hard to be optimistic, as there’s not been a lot of transfer news for the club.

This week, the team have been in Morocco completing team building exercises and beach training ahead of a preseason friendly. Fans have been looking at pictures and begging the club to announce any form of signing before the start of the season.

I have picked out a player that the Latics could buy, sell and could get on loan…

Loan – Zach Clough

The 24-year-old has been a name who’s been up in the air this transfer window. He left Bolton Wanderers in 2017 for Nottingham Forest and a year later he was loaned back to the Trotters. Since then he’s had loan spells at Rochdale but not managed many appearances, goals or a chance in the Forest squad.

I’ve seen him play for Bolton many times and he’s someone I rate, I think he’d be a great addition to Oldham. However, his fee could be a risk and some fans are sceptical about whether he’s consistent. This is why I think he could just join the club on a loan spell for the time being.

Buy – Chris Eagles

Another player that I got to see play at Bolton. He’s not had a team that he’s found his feet at in a while. Although, the midfielder has been around a lot and could be beneficial to the League Two side. The 33-year-old has been spotted in Morocco training with the squad as it is believed he is on trial with the club. Hopefully, he will prove to be a potential signing for the club as he tries to impress while on trial.

Sell – Urko Vera

It has been announced that Vera has signed a new one year contract with Oldham. Don’t get me wrong, I know that he’s only just signed and fans are praying for their club to announce transfer news but this isn’t exactly what they wanted. The 32-year-old has a list longer than my arm of his previous clubs. Now fans are not happy because they don’t think he was worth the signing. He may be worth selling again once his contract is up as fans are mocking him already asking if the camels on the Morocco beach will be able to score more goals than him.