Transfer deadline day doesn’t really excite the average Oldham fan in the same way it does other club’s supporters. This season was predicted as going to be another non-event mainly because we haven’t appointed a permanent manager since the sacking of Frankie Bunn a month ago. I would have thought that having the person who picks the team involved in the signing of any new players, would be seen as key to any business done during the transfer window but perhaps that is wishful thinking.
However, we have signed five players so far and whether stand-in manager Peter Wild had any say in their signings will probably never be known, as the continued rumour that owner Abdallah Lemsagam is signing players and picking the team remains neither proven or denied. Deadline Day for Oldham fans was summed up nicely by one wag on Twitter who said: One in, one out with a twist. It’s the same player.
Of the five players joining us this month, Spanish striker Urko Vera caused most of the raised eyebrows mainly because of his past experience with Athletic Madrid. As is normal with some of the fans at Boundary Park, he has not been given any time at all to adjust to his new surroundings and after 152 minutes of football, they’ve decided he is no good. Apparently, he is only with us until the end of the season and will need to get involved in the play a lot more if he’s not going to spend his time here warming the bench.
Also here till the end of the season from Nottingham Forest is Iacovitti who is a 6′ 2″ full back. He has had a good deal of experience in this division having been on loan at both Mansfield and Forest Green Rovers. On joining he said “The club isn’t that far from the playoff places, so hopefully as a team we can go on a run that gets us into the top seven” which is what people want to hear of course but in order to do that we certainly needed the two strikers who arrived at the 11th hour.
Yet another French player joined the club earlier this month, 25-year-old midfielder Sylla signed an 18-month contract and looked to have had a decent game in the defeat at Doncaster in the FA Cup. Tall and a decent tackler, he slotted in well given that regular midfield favourite Maouche was suspended.
Anyone who can get into Man United’s U-23 set up must be able to play a bit and Dearnley can play on either wing or at centre forward. “The best player we’ve had off United since Martin Buchan” was one comment. Much discussion about how much input Paul Scholes had in this loan signing.
Another Premier League youngster who can play in several positions up front. Several options now exist for having a decent strike force.