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A fully fit Rolls Royce defender will make the difference for Wigan Athletic this season

If you think Virgil Van Dijk is good, wait till Danny Fox gets a full season under his belt. A Rolls Royce defender.

He was signed in January from Nottingham Forest for around £400,000 and was brilliant in pretty much every game he played. Not only good defensively, but also quality on the ball and starts attacks from deep. A couple of knocks cut his season short. However, with a full pre-season, he’ll be like having a new signing and we can build our team around him.

Paul Cook likes his defenders to play out from the back. In the opening months of the season, Chey Dunkley and Cedric Kipre both struggled to adapt their games to a style they clearly hadn’t played before. It wasn’t until Fox came in, then they looked different players.

He just has that experience to create space, pick the right pass, order the team to move and use the full pitch. Fox never panics or rushes a clearance, always looking to find a midfielder and build an attack. I like having a left and right-footed centre half partnership too, it’s just a lot easier to adopt that passing style because they are comfortable playing on that side of the pitch.

I imagine we’ll sign Matt Miazga or Jake Salter-Clarke from Chelsea, as they possess the ability to play out from defence, which is seemingly very important to Cook. They’ll slot alongside Fox perfectly.

Should Wigan Athletic Be Going All Out for Oldham Athletic’s Edmundson or Focus Elsewhere

George Edmundson is presumably on route to Peterborough or Rangers. Both clubs are battling for his signature, although it seems The Posh have moved ahead in the race, after reportedly having an offer accepted for the young defender.

Edmundson was named in the 2018/19 EFL League Two team of the season and, is attracting interest from a number of sides. Oldham will be hoping for an auction, to raise as much money as possible for their departing defender.

Wigan manager Paul Cook is on the hunt for a ‘ball-playing’ defender, but I think Matt Miazga will sign on loan from Chelsea, which will fill that void. The Latics signed Danny Fox in the January transfer window, who has performed brilliantly since joining from Nottingham Forest. He’s a real leader and comfortable playing out from the back. Chey Dunkley and Cedric Kipre are both young, strong defenders, but aren’t great footballers in terms of distributing the ball from the defence. Miazga would give us that physicality and ability to start attacks from the defence, that Cook is looking for.

I expect the majority of our transfer budget to be spent on a new number nine, to score us 15-20 goals, and the rest on a new midfielder to replace Reece James. Most of our signings will be frees and loans unless we sell one of our assets like Sam Morsy for a sizeable fee. A centre back isn’t an immediate priority, so I’d say it’s unlikely we’ll be joining the chase for Edmundson. Especially considering an auction will likely see the fee rise to around £1 million, Wigan could put that money towards a new striker.

Don’t get me wrong, I really rate Edmundson, and I believe he’ll be worth a lot more than £1 million in a couple of years time, so he’s a very good long-term investment. However, Wigan needs to buy players, for NOW, players that are going to impress from the off and push us up the table next season.