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Latics boss still keen on Tarky’s loan return

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 10 February 2014

LEE Johnson is holding on to the hope of bringing back James Tarkowski on loan to Boundary Park, despite Brentford’s late decision to block a deal last week.

The centre-back joined the Bees on deadline day, but the agreement led to Tarkowski sticking with Athletic to train in the build-up to the Bristol City draw.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton called the player back to West London as cover on Friday over injury concerns. In fact Brentford’s home clash with Crawley on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Athletic meanwhile were held to a 1-1 draw by the visiting Robins - though Johnson later revealed Tarkowski wouldn’t have been named in the first XI.

Adam Lockwood and James Wilson are currently the first-choice centre-backs and Johnson also had Genseric Kusunga back from a strained hamstring on the substitutes’ bench.

With Jonathan Grounds and Glenn Belezika also able to turn out at centre-back, and with five loan players named in the squad against Bristol — the maximum — Athletic seem set for now without Tarkowski, who was sold for an undisclosed sum two weeks ago.

Johnson views the talented player as a potentially useful asset, though admits he may not return.

“Obviously we are still hoping to get him back. But this is the problem now, you are never quite sure.”

Tarkowski tweeted his goodbyes to Athletic’s faithful last night: “A final thanks to everybody involved at Oldham. Players/staff/fans been great since day one. Memories that will never be forgotten.”

Athletic are sweating on the fitness of James Wesolowski, who hurt himself in the weekend’s draw and was replaced by David Mellor in the second half.

Comments

What do you want Tarky back on loan for, shouldn't have sold him in the first place he belongs to Brentford now not Oldham. Why go back for him ?

we dont need him , hes made his choice so farewell and good luck lets build for next season not train brentfords team for next year.

This whole episode is humiliating. No matter what the fee, for the sake of self respect he should not have been sold to a club in the same division.
Remember when Jimmy Thompson went to Exeter ..?
(Who? When? How old is this guy?)
Ah well. Never mind
The lack of first touch skills displayed by the replacement loanees on Saturday was depressing.

Ridiculous, just let him go to Brentford.

The comment from Brentford "He's one of us now" should get the manager to move on & look to the future with the players he has now & the future at Oldham.Saturday was dire but the weather spoilt the game just hope that someone can step forward & start scoring some goals :- Top league goalscore at Oldham on 4 goals disgraceful ! Top midfielder on 2 goals disgraceful this needs to improve !!

I am led to believe that Tarkowski had no choice but to leave having been given an ultimatum so in the best interest of both parties it's best to play his football at Brentford and move on. Good luck to him and thanks for his efforts.

Just when you think you've turned a corner.
The Posh game should have been a turning point, a win like that should boost confidence but where was the intensity on Sat.
Yes it was poor conditions but football is supposed to be played on the floor. We hardly won any second balls & once again made very little scoring opportunities, & once again conceded a very poor goal.
What are we doing in training, how many free headers do we concede. Any other team wins that 1-0. We gift teams a way back in.

 

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