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Dickov’s faith in youth is reaping rewards for Latics

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The January transfer window always has the potential to delight or disrupt, depending on the quality of new recruits.

Paul Dickov, whose side have delighted in recent weeks, is eager not to upset the applecart this winter by disrupting his young, hungry side’s remarkable progress.

Oldham have been zeroing in on a play-off spot with some impressive football and equally eye-catching signings. The loanees; Oumare Tounkara, Jean-Yves M’Voto, Aiden White and Cedric Evina, have all been big hits at Boundary Park.

The foursome have even hit the back of the net in the last few games - an impressive feat considering that three of the four are more familiar with the defence side of the game.

The temporary purchases have exemplified Dickov’s philosophy of young signings, but he could be set to bring in some experience.

Despite claiming that his policy would not change, there are reports that former Leeds and Swansea winger Andy Robinson is training with the Latics. The veteran could add experience and guile to Oldham’s midfield, especially as he knows what it takes to escape the division.

A man who could be heading out of Boundary Park is Rob Purdie. The midfielder may not be a huge loss as, after 18 months at the club, he is still to make a single senior appearance for the first-team.

Times have been tough for Purdie as three operations have sidelined him for the majority of his Oldham career. 

There is light at the end of the tunnel it seems though, as Purdie has scored four in six while on loan at Hereford United and is eager to stay at the League Two relegation-threatened side. Few would begrudge him a move.

With the scouts circling the squad like vultures picking a carcass, Purdie may not be the only departure. Almost 30 clubs were represented in the stands to watch Oldham’s 3-3 draw against Exeter City and it could be a sign of things to come for Dickov.

The Scot may face a battle to keep some of his better players and, as a result, his promotion bid on track.

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