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Is it worth Wigan Athletic joining Blackburn Rovers for Hibernian 20y/o striker gamble

According to Edinburgh News, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing Hibernian striker Oli Shaw.

The 20-year-old forward has scored 12 goals since breaking into the first-team at Easter Road, including seven last season.

The Championship clubs interested in the young, Scottish striker are attracted to his potential, although Hibs are not looking to sell and will demand a seven-figure fee.

Shaw is a well-rounded number nine. Brown Ferguson, the Stenhousemuir manager in 2017 said: “He’s got a good size about him, around six feet-two, his movements good, he’s got good pace and a very good touch. He can finish and I don’t just mean a poachers finish. He’s got the ability to go and do something spectacular. He’s got all the attributes.”

From that, he sounds like an exciting talent. However, it’s always a gamble signing players from Scotland, because so many have gone wrong over the years. On the other hand, Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson haven’t turned out badly, have they?

Wigan can’t afford to take gambles

Wigan isn’t in a position where they can afford to take gambles. We need proven players that will hit the ground running from day one. Yes, the Jordan Hugill deal is taking a while, and is expensive, but that’s because he’s done well in the Championship in previous years. If we sign him, he’ll likely score double figures and create chances too.

Maybe Shaw isn’t ready for the Championship yet, the pressure would be on him immediately at Wigan. We are looking for someone to score goals now, not in three or four years time, now.

If the Hugill move falls through, and we have no Championship alternatives, perhaps we’ll take a gamble on Shaw and just pray we’ve found a gem. Personally, I hope it doesn’t come to that. Strikers are too precious to gamble with.

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