Wigan have been linked with a move for Birmingham striker Lukas Jutkiewicz. The striker scored 14 goals last season, so would be a good option for Paul Cook to pursue.
However, I look at two alternatives to signing Jutkiewicz…
Don’t worry. I’m aware we don’t have £8 million to buy him outright, but I’d certainly take him on loan for a year or two. 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, but in bare in mind, he was in and out of the team and introduced from the bench a majority of the time.
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 easily score 15+ goals in a 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 down the pecking order at Sheffield Wednesday, why not make a move? A pie a day and all of his wages paid, no brainer.
This one might not go down well with Wigan fans, but I’m realistic. Any fan suggesting strikers that are valued at anything over £3 million are in dreamland. We will be lucky if Wigan spends £5 million all summer. 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.
Our top scorer last season, Nick Powell, 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.