Dickov not surprised by seeing so many scouts at Oldham

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov is in his second full season as manager of Oldham Athletic

Oldham manager Paul Dickov is unsurprised by the amount of visiting scouts at Boundary Park this season.

Teenage Academy products David Mellor and Carl Winchester, both 18, have impressed and are featuring regularly for the first team in League One.

"When you've got 18 and 19-year-olds playing in the first team week in week out, it's going to attract interest," Dickov told BBC Radio Manchester.

"It doesn't surprise me because they are all very good players."

Midfielder Chris Taylor, 24, who has stayed with the team he supports despite bids from his services, is perhaps the most high profile player to come through the club's youth system.

But Dickov admits that the number of scouts turning up is a credit to the staff who work with the Latics' youngsters.

"I think it is a compliment to the football club the way Tony Philliskirk brings the lads through and gets them ready for us," said Dickov.

"When they come to us, I've shown already I am not scared to put them in. If they're good enough, we'll play them."