Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Oldham Starlet Prefers Home Comforts to City Lights

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Oldham Starlet Prefers Home Comforts to City Lights

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FORGET the flash casino, celebrity nightclub or even Nando's - you're most likely to see Oldham Athletic's hot prospect James Tarkowski pushing a trolley around Morrisons in Chadderton with his mum.

Because Latics' highly-rated 21-year-old centre-half, who has been watched already this season by United boss David Moyes, is quite happy living at home with his parents and sister in New Moston.

And while his team-mates flock to swanky apartments in Manchester, Tarky is more than happy chilling out on the settee with the rest of his family.

"She makes me go shopping with her because she doesn't like going around on her own," the talented youngster told M.E.N. Sport.

"Every Thursday or Friday without fail, although I have to be careful not to get stuck into the digestives."

It is a grounding that suits Tarkowski (pictured), who has been linked with a host of Championship clubs - and his beloved Reds - after consistently turning in man-of-thematch performances for Lee Johnson's League One outfit.

"To be honest, the United stuff is a bit far fetched," he said. "It's nice to hear things like that and it is a dream, but that is all it is at the moment and you can't think about things like that because you will get too confident and your form will drop. "At the moment I am not looking further than Oldham."

Talk of a big move is a far cry from last season when he struggled to break into a Latics side that, despite their cup heroics, slid towards the relegation zone under former boss Paul Dickov.

"It was frustrating because I had been promised games and I wasn't getting them - even when we weren't doing well," he said. even - them getting wasn't doing weren't we when of out was "I the at contract "I was out of contract at the end of the year and that was worrying because a lot of people are in the same boat and it can be hard to get another club. …

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