Jamal Lowe signs for Wigan Athletic and will offer two important things

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of Jamal Lowe on a three-year deal, from Portsmouth.

The deal had dragged on for a number of weeks, however, Paul Cook has eventually been reunited with another of his former players. A huge boost just before their Championship campaign starts on Saturday against Cardiff City.

The 25-year-old was Pompey’s top scorer last season, with 17 goals in all competitions. Lowe scored in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy, before netting his penalty in the shoot-out.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what their new number nine will bring to the DW Stadium…

Pace

I thought we lacked pace last season, particularly away from home when attempting to play counter-attacking football. Michael Jacobs and Anthony Pilkington are good wide players, however, aren’t quick players that can play on the shoulder of the opposition defence.

Around the box, both are good at opening up defences, shooting from distance, Lowe offers something different. A direct, pacey forward that scores goals. I think Lowe will do very well, Cook wanted him all summer for a reason. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lowe play up front at times, play the ball in-behind and utilise his speed and finishing abilities.

The excitement in the stands

Any striker signing gets fans excited unless it’s Leon Clarke signing for Latics for what feels like the sixth time.

There’s been a bit of bite between Wigan and Portsmouth fans all summer, apparently Lowe shouldn’t leave because Pompey is a bigger club, get bigger crowds and are definitely getting promoted next season. We’ll see.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing Lowe bag the winner vs Preston on his debut. A new number nine is expected to hit the ground running and score goals, what better way to start than scoring a winner in a derby. Make it happen, Jamal. Be the new Jason Roberts.