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Revolving door: Wigan Athletic’s 2 in, 2 out before the transfer window shuts

A squad overhaul is going to happen at Wigan this summer. Dan Lavercombe, Jonas Olsson, Shaun MacDonald, Callum Mcmanaman, Darron Gibson and James Vaughan were all released following the expiration of their contracts, while Nick Powell opted to head for Stoke rather than commit his future to The Latics.

As expected, Reece James, Antonee Robinson and Christian Walton have returned to their home clubs. Although the club is working hard with Everton to agree on signing Robinson permanently.

After a solid first season back in the Championship, finishing 18th. Wigan boss Paul Cook will be looking to build a squad that can challenge for mid-table.

I’m expecting at least seven new signings, however, I’ll have a look at two possible signings and departures…

Matt Miazga

Cook is actively looking for a ‘ball-playing’ defender to partner Danny Fox for next season. Although Cedric Kipre had a very good opening season, and Chey Dunkley is improving all the time, neither possess the ability to play out from the back with great confidence. Miazga had a positive impact at Reading last season, with Latics expected to take a couple of Chelsea players on loan following their outstanding work with Reece James, a deal to take the young American defender makes perfect sense.

Antonee Robinson

While it’s reported that Everton has accepted a bid from Wigan to take starlet Antonee Robinson to the DW Stadium permanently. They initially faced competition from Bristol City, however, The Robins confirmed the signing of Jay Da Silva yesterday, which will end their interest in Robinson.

Particularly towards the end of the season, the young American was brilliant for The Latics. Everton has valued him at around £3 million, which seems a steal for a player that is destined to play in the Premier League.

Jamie Walker

Walker is on the verge of re-signing for Hearts after Latics agreed to mutually terminate his contract.

The Scottish winger has failed to make a positive impact at the club since signing in January 2018. Cook sent him on loan to Peterborough last season in the hope he would find some confidence and form, unfortunately, he quickly fell out of favour, making just 12 appearances.

Devante Cole

Cole was signed in the same transfer window as Walker, in hope, he would provide extra firepower to get us promoted from League One, however again, the move has just never caught fire.

I still think he could do a good job at a League One side. He’s quick, a good finisher and done very well at Fleetwood in League One. I expect a number of EFL clubs to be trying to sign Cole this summer.

Speculation rises with Wigan Athletic fans over mystery centre half signing

Wigan are reportedly close to signing a centre back if they can fight off competition from an unnamed club. There are further rumours surfacing that the target is Birmingham defender Michael Morrison.

The defender was one of The Brummies’ best players last season, but he has yet to commit his future to the Midlands club. With his contract running down this summer, a move to Wigan may tempt him into leaving.

It’s common knowledge that Latics manager Paul Cook is targeting a ‘ball-playing centre half’ to form a partnership with Danny Fox. Chelsea youngsters Matt Miazga and Jake Salter-Clarke have both been linked with loan moves in recent weeks, however, Cook may be looking for a permanent deal, if thinking long-term.

Chey Dunkley is being linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday, which wouldn’t come as a massive surprise to Wigan fans. Although the young defender is learning and performed well last season, he just doesn’t look comfortable playing out from the back. Dunkley is a solid defender, very physical and strong, however, tends to panic on the ball and rush clearances.

The signing of Danny Fox in January certainly helped us, with him offering that leadership, calmness and footballing abilities we needed. So I imagine Cook will be desperately trying to sign a centre back similar to Fox, in order to be able to adopt his passing style from minute one next season.

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.

Chelsea’s Clarke-Salter to Wigan Athletic, can he be another Reece James?

Wigan are among a number of clubs chasing a loan deal for Chelsea’s Jake Clarke-Salter. The highly-rated youngster spent last season out on loan to Dutch side, Vitesse.

The London club are looking to get their defender EFL experience, send him to Wigan, we’ll take good care of him. Just ask Reece James. He arrived having never played a senior match. By the end of the last campaign, he’d played 45 Championship matches, won player of the season and etched his name into our history books forever, a super talent.

Wigan played their part too. Using James as a midfielder for a majority of the season allowed him to really experience the physicality and speed of the Championship. You could see he was learning every game, and growing in confidence. Also, it’s worth mentioning Paul Cook gave James the captain’s armband on the final game of the season, then substituted him late on to allow all the fans to show their appreciation. There were tears.

There’s been the talk of Matt Miazga signing from Chelsea, now it’s Salter-Clarke. Either will do. They’re both good footballers, which is what Cook is looking for, a partner for Danny Fox that is comfortable playing out from the back. It’s actually an important part of our summer transfer plans. I think it’s inevitable that we’ll get a couple of Chelsea youths, Cook needs to pick the right ones. A centre back and striker would be perfect.

Miazga or Salter-Clarke, we’ll take either one please.

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.

Two Chelsea Youngsters Wigan Athletic Should Go In For This Summer

Reece James arrived to Wigan a boy, and left a man.

On the final day of the season, Paul Cook gave him the opportunity to captain the side, and substituted him in the last five minutes, to allow the fans an opportunity to thank him for his efforts throughout the season. In my time watching football, I’ve never seen a loan player have such a positive effect on a club, fans had tears in their eyes when he walked off the pitch vs Millwall. A truly special talent. Now, who’s the next one, give us some options Chelsea…

Chelsea are known for loaning out a lot of players every season, I think we’ve built a good connection after the work we have done with James, so will definitely be getting a couple of players to develop. There are certainly worse feeder clubs than Chelsea.

I look at two players I’d like to see us take on loan from Sarri’s side…

Matt Miazga

Paul Cook is reportedly on the lookout for a ‘ball-playing’ centre back, and Miazga absolutely fits the ball. The American had a very good five months at Reading, making 18 appearances and helping The Royals avoid relegation. I imagine Chelsea will want him to gain more experience in the Championship, Wigan seems the perfect fit. They can trust us to develop him as a player, he’ll play regularly and be joining a side that likes to play attractive football starting from the defence. It makes sense for all parties.

Jamal Blackman

Christian Walton has been our number one for the past two years, the young ‘keeper has returned to Brighton and there’s been little talk of him returning for a third loan spell. With Wigan needing a lot of signings this summer, I think Cook will be looking to utilise the loan market and sign players that will be guaranteed starters. Blackman is a highly-rated goalkeeper, has experience in the EFL and is at an age where he’ll be wanting to play regularly. He could come to Wigan and be handed the number one shirt immediately.