David Wheater has been made the captain of Oldham Athletic for the 2019/20 campaign. The Redcar born defender will provide significant experience to a misfiring backline. Wheater is well known for his leadership qualities, having served Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers for the majority of his career.
The 32-year-old was at Bolton last season, however, after all of their financial difficulties, the defender has opted for a move to the Latics.
Although Wheater’s best years are probably behind him, he is still very capable of doing well at this level. A very strong, tough defender that is dangerous in both boxes. Wheater scored 15 goals during his time at Bolton.
Oldham have a relatively young, inexperienced squad. Wheater will add that experience and leadership that you need in this division. Having played for Middlesbrough and Bolton in the Championship, he is proven at a higher level than this. However, he may make his presence felt and be more beneficial to Oldham, off the pitch.
To have a player like him in training and in the dressing room, it’s sure will give a massive boost to Oldham. When it comes to seeing out results, you can guarantee Wheater will fight and win his battles in defence. It’s important that Laurent Banide builds a defence around him, that can benefit from his experience.
Oldham have started the season poorly, picking up just four points from their opening five matches. A 1-2 win over Cambridge United on Saturday will hopefully provide that stepping stone they can kick on from. The Latics return to Boundary Park on Saturday to face Colchester United, hoping to string together back-to-back wins, which would propel them towards mid-table.