LAT­ICS IN NEED OF OLD HEADS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Richard Evans

OLD­HAM defender James Tarkowski ad­mits he’s still com­ing to terms with be­ing one of the more ex­pe­ri­enced heads at Bound­ary Park.

The 20-year-old has had to change his style of play since the de­par­ture of gi­ant cen­tral defender Jean-Yves M’voto to Barns­ley in the sum­mer.

De­spite his lack of years, Tarkowski is al­ready one of the Lat­ics’ most qual­i­fied de­fend­ers with more than 50 first-team ap­pear­ances to his name.

But with young­sters all around him, he does ad­mit it’s a bur­den.“It is strange for some­body so young to be look­ing down to lads of 17 and 18 years of age,” said Tarkowski.

Old­ham have been in poor form early on this sea­son – how­ever Tarkowski be­lieves his side have what it takes to turn it around.

“It was slightly dis­ap­point­ing to lose 1-0 each time in our open­ing two games and we need to im­prove our per­for­mances at the back and go­ing for­ward.

“We still have ev­ery con­fi­dence in our­selves that we can have a good sea­son.

“We fancy our chances and, as we have seen, any­body can beat any­body in this league.”

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