Uwe Rosler’s arrival has brought an upturn in form for the Latics, with the German boss claiming five wins, three draws and just the one loss in his first nine league games in charge.
This is all the more impressive when you consider he’s also steered us into the last 16 of the FA Cup, which we obviously don’t want to give up without a fight. He’s got the Latics playing exciting football again, and after the poor brand of football adopted under Owen Coyle, it’s remarkable that he’s achieved this in such a short space of time. This will only continue to improve as the players spend more time under his coaching and adapt fully to his tactical demands.
At first glance, seeing the Latics in 10th in the table may seem slightly underwhelming, but a closer look at the standings tells you that that we’re just six points adrift of sixth-placed Reading, but with two games in hand on the Berkshire outfit.
However, my initial impression of the Latics’ dealings in the January transfer window is one of slight disappointment. I was under the illusion that a decent portion of the accrued sum of around £13,000,000 for the sale of James McCarthy would be reinvested in some new, quality players in January. This did not materialise, with Rosler saying at the start of the window, ‘I cannot buy anyone. The money has been spent.’ My question to the board of directors would be: what has this money been spent on? If it has been spent, then surely the fans shouldn’t be kept in the dark about what it was on. After all, it could have been money well invested.
As a result of Rosler not having the funds to buy players, all signings made in the window were loans, which to me are just a short-term fixes and do not serve the club in the long-term. It’s too early to really judge any of the loanees thus far, but on the face of it, they do actually appear to be decent singings. I was overjoyed (and puzzled), as I’m sure other Latics fans were, at Aston Villa’s loan capture of misfiring, frustrating Grant Holt, and I believe that getting him off the wage bill was the best piece of business we conducted throughout the month.
One last point I’d like to make is in regards to a certain Jordi Gomez, and in particular, the treatment he gets from some of the supporters. In the final home game of our Europa League campaign – the heart breaking defeat to Zulte Waregem, I’m sure you remember it – I was disgusted at the treatment he received by not just a few sections of the crowd, but by the majority. Yes, he didn’t have his best game, but why on earth would you boo your own side’s player and then cheer when he gets substituted? What are you hoping to achieve by doing this? Abusing him simply does not provide any incentive for him to shape up. Then, when he scored a brilliant last gasp winner against Charlton on Saturday, suddenly the fans love him! This isn’t the first time he’s scored the winner for us this season either. Gomez’s incredible vision is a potential match-winning factor in any game, and it’s vital we back him no matter how he’s performing.
So let’s stop this fickle nonsense, get behind the boys, and do our bit as the twelfth man to help gatecrash the play-off party come the end of the season.
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