Is Paul Cook about to be reunited with another one of his pals from Portsmouth?
Wigan are interested in signing attacker Jamal Lowe. Pompey lost against Sunderland in the League One play-off semi-final, therefore it is expected that Lowe will be playing his football away from Fratton Park next season, and in the Championship.
Lowe, 24, scored 17 goals last season from out wide, a very good return. I really rate him as a player – direct, quick, likes to beat a man, scores goals, but Wigan already have players that can do that, and are proven at this level. With Christian Walton (Brighton), Antonee Robinson (Everton) and Reece James (Chelsea) all returning to their parent clubs, and Nick Powell expected to join Stoke at the end of the month, replacing their departures must be a priority this summer.
The Latics are already blessed with quality wingers, Michael Jacobs, Gavin Massey, Anthony Pilkington and Gary Roberts, so in my opinion, the last position we should be spending a considerable amount of our transfer budget on is a winger. I’d rather see the cash spent on a ‘target man’ style striker, who could be assisted by the wingers mentioned.
Although Lowe is undoubtedly a talent, and would probably make the step-up to the Championship without a problem, he shouldn’t be our first signing this summer. If we had endless amounts of cash (maybe the McCarthy has become available) then yes I’d be hoping we signed him. However, a new goalkeeper, left back, central midfielder and striker should be the ultimate focus for us this transfer window.
Cook has already brought Kal Naismith and Gary Roberts to the DW Stadium from Fratton Park, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Lowe transfer happened.
A few loans each from Benfica and Chelsea, then sign Lowe, i’ll take that.