Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm that Nathan Byrne has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the club, which will see him remain at the DW Stadium until the summer of 2021.
Byrne, 26, has featured 80 times in all competitions for Latics since signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2016.
A star player under the management of Paul Cook and the current North West Football Awards League One Player of the Year, Byrne was named both the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year in Latics’ record-breaking 2017-18 campaign and his manager is delighted to secure his long-term future.
“Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic,” Cook said.
“He is a popular member of the dressing room and, equally so, a player that our supporters regard highly.”
2017-18 Double Player of the Year winner commits future to Latics, signing until the summer of 2021.
Nathan Byrne signs new Wigan Athletic contract
Byrne, 26, signs two-and-a-half-year deal which sees him commit his future to Latics until the summer of 2021
Paul Cook: “Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic.”
Having a small playing squad can be a nightmare when injuries and suspensions start to have an effect on team selection.
Oldham have already suffered the loss of strikers Sam Surridge, Ishmael Miller and Callum Lang at different stages this season so signing additional attacking players should be Frankie Bunn’s top priority in January.
It is not easy to find players who will fit easily into the side when a mix of youthful enthusiasm and experience is needed. To overcome this, I believe that there are currently two players who could inject both of these attributes perfectly.
Signing for arguably the top Premier League side in the country is the dream of many young players but to find that you cannot get into the side must be tremendously frustrating and demoralising. At 19, Diaz has the footballing world at his feet after signing for the Premier League champions four years ago.
However, his appearances have been few and far between and he has attracted the attention of Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, who would like to tempt him away from the Etihad.
This sort of attention can be distracting to young players and a spell away from City on loan would be beneficial to the young attacking midfielder. There is no doubt that Bunn would relish the prospect of introducing Diaz who can play on either wing, into the side and regular appearances may eventually get him into the City side on a permanent basis.
Attacking players who are still playing at the top level after their 35th birthday are few and far between. Spaniard Aritz Aduriz at 37, is still being chosen for first-team involvement by Athletico Bilbao. He has scored an impressive 167 goals in 374 appearances and might well be persuaded to finish his career at Boundary Park.
Oldham fans shouldn’t be put off the idea of having Aritz in the side due to his age. An experienced player is just what the side needs and his goalscoring abilities in Spain’s La Liga should easily transfer to League Two here.
Oldham Athletic are suffering an indifferent season in League Two so far. Bearing the brunt of fan’s frustration is manager Frankie Bunn, a former Oldham player and a man that is looking like it’s only a matter of time before his tenure at the club is over.
The Latics have lost four times across the eleven matches in all competitions throughout October and November, seeing them sit in mid-table in League Two, but through to the second round of the FA Cup and qualifying out of the group stages in the Checkatrade Trophy.
If Bunn is to keep his job nothing more than a good run is going to aid his cause, and some smart and shrewd transfer movement in the January transfer window is going to be a necessity – given the clubs current financial woes.
In recent games, it’s not the chances that are being hard to come by, it’s the conversion into hitting the back of the net, this is where they are crucially missing on-loan marksman Sam Surridge.
Therefore, should Bunn be looking for an out and out striker to hit that net on a more regular basis?
The Football Manc Cave Twitter recently ran a poll with 25% of the votes to bring a striker in, however, 50% of the votes were to bring in a midfielder.
In my opinion, if Bunn was to bring in just one transfer target – a striker should be topping that list, to play alongside Surridge and jump in if and when he does get injured.