August 2, 2013 by backofthenetjl
With several new signings brought in, such as Sidney Schmeltz, Jonson Clarke-Harris, James Dayton and more recently the capture of Adam Rooney, there is optimism around Boundary Park that they can do well this season.
Oldham have been tipped by many to go down this season, but their un-beaten run in pre-season may suggest that they will not be lurched in their usual relegation battle this time around. It’s sure to be a tough task, as there are quite a few good sides emerging in the league, but it’s one which this young Latics side will relish, undoubtedly.
Ultimately, goals are what decides your fate in football, whether that is your success or your failure. So, it’s no surprise that Lee Johnson has swiftly acted to bring in some new faces up top, in the form of Jonson Clarke-Harris, Charlie MacDonald and Adam Rooney. They have also managed to keep hold of last season’s top scorer Jose Baxter, who is sure to kick-on from last season’s impressive spell. It’s evident to see that there’s great attacking options for Lee Johnson’s side, and if they can fire the goals in consistently, it could see Oldham defy the odds and strive towards a mid-table finish.
Here is what Lee Johnson had to say on Latics:
“I am pleased with the recruitment I have made over the summer and we go into the season reasonably strong. I am excited about our prospects, but also realistic.
I believe that if you can get a team going with the right spirit and organisation, we have a really good chance to do well.”
The Blues struggled to maintain consistency last season, but if they can rectify that this time around, who knows where they may end up. The odds are stacked against them, but that won’t faze Lee Johnson, and Oldham in general one bit. Of course it’s going to be a tough season; there are some very good sides in this league who Oldham may struggle to compete with, but with a good young manager, and some very talented players in the ranks, there is no reason why Oldham shouldn’t be able to mix it with the so called ‘big boys’ of the division. There will be ups and downs as the season goes on as there always is; it’s important that the Latics faithful stick behind Lee Johnson and his youthful squad. Oldham didn’t begin too impressively last season, so they will be hoping that this campaign will be a completely different picture. They need to make a strong start to the season, beginning with tomorrow’s trip to Stevenage.
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