Approaching a game which arguably the club needs to win without a recognised strike force is always going to make everyone a little nervous. When the team you are facing are currently fighting for their Football League lives and have enjoyed a small revival in fortune, a shortage of options up front increases the chance of panic stations.
Without Chris O Grady who will be unfit for the fixture and the sporadic form of Jose Baxter, Oldham’s options for the game were possible to move one of the younger players into the first team squad to play alongside Callum Lang.
However, at almost the 11th hour, a rumour that had been circulating about Latics interest in a former La Liga player became reality when he signed for the club till the end of the season. It might seem a little hasty to suggest that he should make an immediate impact but that is often the best way to get yourself on the right side of the fans. The first player therefore who needs to make an impact is:
I’m not sure how many Spanish forwards who used to play for Athletic Bilbao we’ve had in the past but I’m betting it’s not many. Joking apart, Urko looks just the ticket for this division being a 6′ 2″ centre forward who should revel in the sort of crosses that Gevaro Nepomuceno is capable of whipping into the box.
A true penalty box player who should get plenty of goals if he’s in the right place and definitely the sort of player we have been looking for. He has had a number of clubs with his best spell appearing to be with CD Mirandes in the Spanish third tier. Moss Rose, Macclesfield might not be any sort of equivalent to the San Mames stadium but it will hopefully be where Urko makes his UK debut and it only remains to say Hello Vera!
Johan has had limited chances to make his mark on the first team having made only 16 starts this season. One of his two goals was against Macclesfield back in August and he caught the eye with an excellent performance in the FA Cup at Fulham.
Having spent much of the early season games in the first 11 he was not included in the squad or was on the bench in October and November and has since struggled to make the team. It often happens that when a club signs a new player, those who have not made an impact get pushed further down the pecking order and if Johan finds himself included for any part of the game today he must surely put in a performance that catches the eye of Pete Wild or whoever is due to be the next Oldham boss.