Bradford have signed James Vaughan on a three-year deal, following his release from Wigan.
A very good signing in League Two, and a one that could push The Bantams towards promotion. I expected a number of League One clubs to be chasing the striker, he’ll be a force in the league below, without a doubt.
With Vaughan and Powell both leaving, it leaves Paul Cook with just two striker options, Callum Lang and Joe Garner. The Latics manager will be looking to sign a few forwards to ensure goals are guaranteed next season.
I look at two strikers that we could potentially poach this summer…
Open the war chest IEC, he’ll only be £10 million. Use the Powell money. In all seriousness, Joao is a player I’ve always rated very highly and doesn’t get the recognition or game time he deserves. Straight away from looking at his stats from last season, he scored 10 goals in 31 appearances. They’re not ground-breaking, however, our top scorers last season scored eight goals.
If the Portuguese striker had a run of games in a team that provided him quality service, both of which he’d get at Wigan, I believe he could score 15+ goals in a season, which would be enough if the wingers chipped in as they did last season. Cook will be on the hunt for a goal-scoring target man this summer. Whether he has the funds to buy one is the sticking point, so alternatively I suspect he’ll settle for a loan signing.
Joao is right down the pecking order at Sheffield Wednesday, why not make a move? DO IT COOKIE.
Split opinion? Yes. Realistic? Yes.
Any fan suggesting strikers that are valued at anything over £3 million are in dreamland. We might spend that this summer, certainly not on one player though. There were a few strikers I suspected Wigan would go for this summer, Conor Washington, Lee Gregory and Fraizer Campbell. All free transfers, but all got a history of scoring goals. Gregory has since agreed a deal at Stoke.
Our top scorers last season, Nick Powell and Joe Garner, managed just eight goals, Campbell scored 14 at Hull. It would be madness to not offer him a contract, in my opinion.
He’s 32 so obviously, there’s no resale value, and he will probably be at his best for another year or two. However, proven strikers at good ages simply cost too much in 2019. Wigan needs to buy players for the short-term and try to find two or three young gems a season, from further down the EFL.
It’s been successful in the past, Che Adams and Ollie Watkins are just two examples. Sign him up Cookie, he’s for nowt.