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…
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.
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.