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OPINION: Wigan Athletic’s Shaun Macdonald Could Be The Signing of The Summer For Rotherham Utd

Rotherham have completed the signing of midfielder Shaun Macdonald, following his release from Wigan.

Rotherham United have completed the signing of midfielder Shaun Macdonald, following his release from Wigan.

The former Welsh international has signed a two-year deal, and brings a wealth of EFL experience, having represented Swansea City, Bournemouth and Wigan Athletic.

Being a Latics fan, I’ve seen a lot of Macdonald – and this could be a very, very good signing for Rotherham. He suffered a horrific leg break at the back end of the 2016/17 season, unfortunately, he’s rarely featured for us since. Up until that point, he was one of our best players, and I believe other Wigan fans would share that opinion too.

So, what does he bring to the pitch?

Leadership, calmness and quality. Macdonald’s best position is deep lying midfield, he’s a good reader of the game, and has solid distribution. The Welshman plays in a similar role to Fernandinho (Manchester City) and Fabinho (Liverpool). Although he doesn’t steal the headlines very often, he allows the players in front of him to flourish, as he offers that protection behind.

The only thing that worries me slightly about Macdonald, is I question whether he will ever fully recover from his leg break. It was one of the worst injuries I’ve seen for a long time, and I hope the tough-tackling midfielder can regain the confidence and composure he once had.

From a Wigan fan, I think it has the potential to be one of the signings of the summer. If he can play regularly, and get back to playing at the level he was in 2016/17, he will undoubtedly be one of the best midfielders in League One.

Off the pitch, his attitude is fantastic. Despite a number of setbacks during his rehabilitation, Macdonald worked tirelessly to regain his fitness, so hopefully, this is rewarded with a successful season at Rotherham.

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