Tag Archives: Callum Lang

Two things Shrewsbury fans can expect from Wigan Athletic’s youngster

Shrewsbury Town fans got their first viewing of Callum Lang last weekend, as they drew 1-1 away at AFC Wimbledon.

Many Wigan Athletic fans wanted and expected this to be the breakthrough season for Lang, he featured a lot during pre-season under Paul Cook and done well.

I’m pleased he went out on loan. He’s got the potential to be a very good striker, but he’s not ready for Championship football just yet. He needs experience and to add physicality to his game, at present Lang would get bullied by some championship defenders due to his slightness.

However, Shrewsbury fans can look forward to a striker that will score goals if given chances. Lang scored 13 on loan at Oldham Athletic last season. He was arguably their best player while hitting double figures the season before at Morecambe. A natural goal scorer that is lethal in the box.

Another great attribute that Lang possesses is pace. Especially around the box, he’s brilliant at finding space and making runs in front of defenders, just a very clever striker that knows how to score goals.

Shrewsbury is a good fit for Lang. A club that will be pushing for top six, hopefully, create him plenty of chances, he can score double figures and come back ready to give it another crack at Wigan.

We have to be careful, how long will he stay happy going out on loan every season. At some point, he’s going to ask for a first-team chance or a move away, it’s not like we’re banging the goals in ourselves at the moment. Lang will be a good striker in a few years, he’s got the natural ability and just knows where the net is, that’ll take you far in today’s game.

Loan Watch: 2 promising Wigan Athletic players you should be keeping tabs on

The Football Manc Cave are looking at two players who are on loan from Wigan Athletic, who fans should keep an eye on upon their return to the Latics.

While Wigan has some players in on loan, they also have a few out on loan as well. I’ve picked out two of those options who will progress, develop and grow as players in their careers from this loan spell.

Hopefully, when they return to Wigan, they’ll earn themselves a spot in the starting line up regularly. Here’s two to look out for…

Callum Lang

Wigan fans were gutted when they heard the news that Callum Lang would be going on loan to Shrewsbury. He’s a player who fans respect and some think he should be in the starting line up. However, fans will have to watch him hopefully score elsewhere.

He’s only 21 so it’s a sensible move, as well as being a confident striker, he can adapt to left and right wings. He’s previously been on loans to Morecambe and Oldham. Hopefully, this will be his last loan spell to gain some experience before he’s ready to take on the Championship.

Owen Evans

This goalkeeper has gone on loan to Macclesfield and has earned himself a place in their starting line up. This is League Two that he’s playing in, so there’s a bit of a difference but he will take away the playing experience.

The 22-year-old has kept 2 clean sheets in 6 appearances so far this season and he’s developed through Wigan’s youth squads. His personal mission will be to gain enough experience so that he can impress at his parent club. Fans should keep an eye on him to see if his clean sheet total rises this season.

2 significant things striker has to do to earn a starting spot at Wigan Athletic on his return

Wigan Athletic fans were disappointed to find out that starlet, Callum Lang would be joining Shrewsbury on a loan deal. The Football Manc Cave is taking a look at what he’ll need to do in order to get a starting 11 spot when he returns.

Callum Lang isn’t a stranger to loan spells. He’s been at Morecambe and Oldham too since signing for Wigan’s senior squad. While it’s exciting for him to be going to a different club and getting playing time, it’s safe to say that Wigan fans would have liked to keep him in their squad and see him play.

Lang will now use Shrewsbury to learn, develop and grow as a player as he aims to make his debut against a struggling AFC Wimbledon this weekend. He will want to show Wigan what he’s capable of upon his return and this is what he will be looking to do…

Score

This will seem obvious for the striker however, he knows that Wigan will continue to observe his efforts while he’s with Shrewsbury so he will want to rack up a tally of goals. During his spell with Morecambe, he scored 10 goals in 34 appearances. At Oldham, he managed 16 in 50 appearances. If he gets his name on the scoresheet often, Wigan fans will be screaming for their club to never let him go again.

Help Shrewsbury Climb League One

As I said, Lang will want to show Wigan what they’re missing while he’s away. If he can help Shrewsbury climb the league and do well, they’ll be excited about his return. If Wigan can see and prove that he’s been a big factor to Shrewsbury’s campaign this season, from goals to pass rate, to set pieces, they’ll surely have to give him a chance in their starting line up when his loan spell is over.

This loan has divided some Wigan fans. While most think it’s bizarre and wanted him to stay, some think he needs the experience to prove himself and improve his performance. So either way, Lang has got a big mission while he’s out on loan.

Forget Moore: Here’s 2 players that can fill in for Wigan Athletic striker

Wigan Athletic was dealt a double blow on Tuesday night. Another away defeat and another injury to a key player, as Kieffer Moore had to leave the field with a calf injury.

Paul Cook was searching for a striker all summer, after failing with moves for Sam Gallagher and Jordan Hugill, Latics turned their attentions to Moore, who signed in the final week of the transfer window.

The striker was Latics’ best player on Saturday vs Leeds, a real nuisance for any defence, works hard, just needs a goal or two to gain some confidence. It was more of the same at Boro, Moore causing problems but ultimately being too isolated to really impact the game.

So, another injury to join Anthony Pilkington, Josh Windass and Joe Garner. We don’t have any luck whatsoever when it comes to injuries, but who is ready to fill his void…

Callum Lang is the obvious choice, given he’s the only fit striker at the club currently. The youngster has waited patiently for his chance in a Latics shirt, we’ve not scored in four matches, so the expectations can’t be set too high. Lang is a natural finisher, he’s proved that in his loan spells at Oldham. With Joe Garner and Josh Windass both injured, Lang is the natural replacement.

Jamal Lowe played well on the wing vs Middlesbrough. He’s played through the middle a few times in his career and scored 17 goals last season for Portsmouth. Perhaps Cook will give him a chance to spearhead the attack, with Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey playing either side of him.

Whoever plays, can we just score a goal vs QPR on Saturday, please?

If Wigan Athletic start these 3, they easily beat Stoke City

Back to the DW we go. Thank god after Saturday. It’s only a League Cup tie, however a good opportunity for players that haven’t started yet to showcase themselves for Wigan Athletic.

Wigan Athletic host Stoke City in the first round of the League Cup. Latics return home after losing 3-0 to Preston on Saturday, while Stoke City have started the season poorly, losing 3-1 to Charlton Athletic in their second league game.

So, a return for Nick Powell may be on the cards. However, let’s take a look at a few players that may start for the home side…

Jamal Lowe

This is a perfect time for Lowe to start his first Latics game. There’s little pressure on the match, of course, we’d like to win, but it’s not a competition we’re likely to win, so it’s a bit of a free hit. I felt we were crying out for a Lowe type player on Saturday, someone with pace and quality around the box. We just lacked creativity on Saturday, all too pedestrian and predictable. Let Lowe have a go, he may well earn himself a starting spot vs Leeds United on Saturday.

Callum Lang

It’s likely Lang will be loaned out again, following the arrival of Bright Enobakhare on deadline day. However, I think the youngster has earned himself an opportunity to start a competitive game for Latics. Stoke’s defence looked very poor vs Charlton, perhaps this will be an open game and a one with plenty of goal scoring opportunities. Lang is a natural finisher, what better way to start his career, than with a couple of goals on home debut.

Joe Williams

Williams arrived from Everton during this summers transfer window, with a big reputation. He’s known for his tough-tackling and hard work, we could’ve done with that on Saturday. Although Preston had an extra man in midfield, that Cook didn’t match up against, we got completely dominated. Lee Evans and Lewis McLeod aren’t defensive midfielders in my opinion, especially away from home, good footballers yes but tough midfielders that can win battles, I’m not so sure. Williams sounds better suited to them affairs, let’s give him a chance and see what he’s got.

These 3 Wigan Athletic’s youngsters shine against Burnley to give Cook a headache before Cardiff City

Wigan Athletic drew 2-2 at home to Burnley, in their final warm-up game, ahead of their season opener against Cardiff at the DW Stadium on August 3rd.

Burnley raced into an early 0-2 lead with goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil, before Anthony Pilkington volleyed home for Latics just before half-time. Release the kids. They were outstanding. Joe Gelhardt netted his first-ever Wigan goal, to grab a second draw against Premier League opposition this pre-season.

Let’s have a look at which youngsters impressed yesterday…

The youngsters are not here to make the numbers up

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Leo Da Silva Lopes yesterday in that first half, I thought he was superb, especially up against a super young talent in McNeil. He was playing for his place out there and certainly done himself no harm. Confident on the ball, strong in the tackle and all-round gave as good of a performance as you can expect against Premier League opposition.

However, the ultimate plaudits must go to the trio of Jenson Weir, Gelhardt and Callum Lang. Endeavour, fight and so much quality. Yes, it’s a friendly, let’s not forget Burnley qualified for Europe the season before last and were pretty much at full-strength yesterday.

Jenson Weir

Let’s start with Weir, he plays way beyond his years. Sits in midfield, keeps the game ticking, great passing range and not afraid to get stuck in, either. Already an England youth international, I can see why, an intelligent footballer that has a big future ahead of him.

Callum Lang

Secondly, Lang. The young striker worked extremely hard, won his fair share of battles against James Tarkowski and was a constant nuisance. It’s evident from his loan spells that this lad can finish. He didn’t get any clear-cut scoring chances, however, if he’s got that goalscoring ability to couple with his endeavour, maybe we won’t need a new striker after all?

He had the crowd off their seat, just with his pressing and work-rate, that’s all we ask for in the stands, 110% effort, oh and 15 goals.

Joe Gelhardt

Lastly but by no means least, the hero of the day, Gelhardt. This kid could be something really special. Similarly to Weir, already an England youth international, an exciting player that just wants to play football and destroy defences. I was pleasantly surprised by his willingness for the ball, confidence to beat players and his composure in front of goal. It was a great finish for his first-ever Latics goal. Touch and bang. Into the bottom corner, Jermain Defoe-esque.

It’s a proud moment for the whole club to see academy lads playing like this. The hard work and trust are paying off. We have a number of outstanding talents, who with the right coaching and nurturing, will have great careers in the game. As fans, it’s like a proud dad moment, seeing young local lads doing the business for Latics. We’re all behind them and can’t wait to see what’s next. Over to you Cook, if they’re good enough, they’re old enough.

‘Give Lang a start!’ Wigan Athletic’s 11 should look like this ahead of their friendly with Bradford City

Wigan Athletic travel to Bradford City on Saturday, for a pre-season friendly, before they play host to Premier League sides Burnley and Everton.

Dan from The Football Manc Cave predicts what Paul Cook’s side may look like on Saturday, as they continue their preparations ahead of their season opener vs Cardiff on August 3rd.

Kicking off with David Marshall in goal, the more game-time he can get in pre-season the better because he’ll be number one next season. Let’s welcome Antonee Robinson back with a start, while Nathan Byrne will adopt his regular right-back spot. Danny Fox missed the final two games of last season through injury, so it’s important to play him, and form a partnership with Cedric Kipre in case Cook doesn’t sign the centre half he’s chasing.

Captain Sam Morsy got a well-deserved break after not being picked in Egypt’s African Cup of Nations squad, he’ll be raring to go. Chris Merrie is a highly-rated youngster, he could be in for some game-time next campaign, let’s see what he’s got against League Two opposition.

Similarly, Lopes has bags of potential, and will likely be loaned out if Jamal Lowe completes his move, however, I feel he deserves a chance to express himself. Lee Evans performed well in the ‘number 10’ role at the end of last season, he may well be needed next year too. Michael Jacobs was injured for a large part of last season, it’s vital he fully participated in pre-season and is 100% fit for the opener vs Cardiff.

Finally, Callum Lang is one of two strikers at the club. We know what we’ll get from Joe Garner. Lang has never played in a league game, maybe next season is his time? Let him loose.

3 players that need to step up and impress in pre-season for Oldham Athletic

Laurent Banide’s pre-season could be reflected in Oldham Athletic’s starting 11 we see on a weekly basis during the EFL League Two campaign. This means that the players have to impress.

Oldham Atheltic will face two local sides in their pre-season friendlies; Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale. Both of which will be competing in the league above next season in the EFL League One.

Should manager Laurent Banide provide solid performances against their higher tier neighbours it will put them in good stead going into their new campaign. In his first press conference, Banide stressed the importance of a ‘hands-on’ approach with the players. Therefore, many weaknesses in individuals that we saw in previous years, may well be vastly improved upon. Following the fantastically appraised coaching skills of Banide have been put into place.

However, Banide cannot attempt to achieve a high table finish on his own, he needs to get the best out of his squad.

The French manager is testing new waters with his first experience in English football. But Banide has a wealth of knowledge in coaching players to be the best they can be.

Thierry Henry referred to the once Monaco coach as “one of the greatest coaches” he has ever worked with.

In order for the Latics to improve on their recent seasons, the entire squad need a new attitude and change of approach. In a squad full of potential quality, here are three specific players who need to step up and impress the boss in the pre-season.

Giles Coke

Coke is a 33-year-old central or right-sided midfielder, who wears the number 7 shirt for Oldham since he signed in the summer of 2018. The Englishman has played for several clubs in both England and Scotland. Coke is a dominant character on the field and should be a figurehead for the younger players in the squad. With one year remaining on his contract, he should be pushing to get his team promoted.

Alex Iacovetti

Iacovetti is a recent signing for the Latics following a loan spell last season. The 21-year-old centre-back has been shown to be working hard in training on social media. However, Oldham’s defensive capabilities were of great concern last season. This means that young Scottish international has every chance of seeing first team action should he demonstrate improvements to the defence.

A new striker?

Last season, loanee Callum Lang scored the most goals for Oldham last season with 13. With his return to Wigan Atheltic, Oldham desperately need a striker who can hit the back of the net 20 times in a season.

Hidden gems: 2 Wigan Athletic youngsters that could be worth big money

I’m still not sure where the James McCarthy money has gone, but I’m going to look at how we can make it back.

Wigan has always been well known for buying players for peanuts and selling them on for millions. Antonio Valencia, Wilson Palacios, Victor Moses, just to name a few. The most recent one was Yanic Wildschut, I think he’s retired now.

Anyway, enough of looking back at the Premier League days, I prefer the EFL.

Do Wigan have any hidden gems we could sell to fund a Nick Powell statue…we just might.

Callum Lang

He hasn’t even played in a league game for Wigan yet, what a great suggestion ‘ey. Trust me, he will be playing a part next season, at some point. Still only 20 years old, he just looks a natural goal scorer. Last season, Lang was happy to learn his trade at Oldham, returning after scoring 13 goals and impressing all of their fans.

The most expensive players in football, are usually strikers that score goals for fun. Let’s say Lang bursts on the scene with seven or eight goals by January – I have no doubt there’ll be clubs throwing big money bids in for him.

Gavin Massey

I think we’ve yet to see the best of Massey, and he’s only going to improve year upon year. His last season was hampered by a hamstring injury, however, when he returned, he saved football and scored two against Leeds to see us safe from relegation, oh and he scored vs Bolton for good measure.

A player that I can see going a long way, very quick and tricky, likes to beat defenders, happy to drift inside to score goals. I was fearful he wouldn’t sign a new contract, thankfully he has, and I expect him to play a pivotal role for us next season.

INTERESTED: What would MK Dons striker Chuks Aneke bring to Wigan Athletic

Wigan are interested in signing MK Dons striker Chuks Aneke, with the striker expected to leave on a free. The Dons have offered the Englishman a new contract, however, with a host of Championship clubs chasing his signature, it’s likely he’ll be making the step-up next season. 

Aneke was a pivotal part of a side that won promotion from League Two, scoring 17 league goals. Paul Tisdale will be fighting hard to keep his talisman, nevertheless, the lure of playing football in the Championship will surely be too much.

Paul Cook will be looking for a striker now Leon Clarke has returned to Sheffield United, and Nick Powell is on the verge of joining Stoke. He is left with just Joe Garner and Callum Lang.

The Latics manager tends to play with a lone striker, who has the ability to hold the ball up and bring other attacking players into the game. A problem for us last season was the lack of pace in attack. Aneke has a good balance between physicality and speed. Although he’s six foot three and strong, the striker also has the pace to run in behind defenders, which would be a perfect match for our style of play.

Garner scored eight goals and performed well last season. He’s a constant threat to defenders because of his endeavour and movement in the box. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started the season as our number nine. However, we need variation and different options as a back-up.

Signing a young, quick striker to use off the bench, or away from home is very important for us, maybe Aneke is the man we’re targeting?

He’s for nowt, sign him up.

« Older Entries