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Pay him what he wants! 3 reasons why Wigan Athletic need Premier League striker

Wigan Athletic and Jordan Hugill. The move has been on and off, more times than a light switch. According to the Bristol Post, Wigan is closing in on a move for the West Ham United striker.

It was reported by The Sun journalist, Alan Nixon, that Latics had agreed on a fee for the striker, however, wages were a problem. It’s a deal that needs a resolution soon, with the season starting in less than two weeks and Wigan only having two recognised strikers on their books.

Here at The Football Manc Cave, we have a look at why it’s vital that Wigan get this deal over the line…

It makes or breaks our season

Signing a striker will make or break our season, I expect us to hit mid-table or higher if we sign a Hugill/Joao, with the other attacking quality we have. However, without a regular goalscorer, we’ll be fighting relegation. It’s all good and well having a solid defence, and lots of creative players, but without goals, you don’t win games.

Offers more than goals

Hugill is more than a goalscorer, his greatest attribute is his ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play. That’s exactly what we need. We have Michael Jacobs, Josh Windass, Anthony Pilkington, Gavin Massey and others that can chip in with goals. However, it’s getting them the ball in dangerous areas. Having Hugill would allow us to play direct at times, he can battle with defenders and bring our wide-men into the game.

Excites the fans

A striker signing for a few million quid will excite supporters. Fans like a number nine that guarantees goals, we had one not long ago, sold him on deadline day. £4 million though for a player only proven in League One, it was a great deal for us and one we couldn’t turn down. Back on topic, fans want goals and strikers that bully defences. Hugill has done that at Preston, his move to West Ham just didn’t work out. Come to Latics and make yourself a hero!

Why should Salford City look to Bradford City striker

According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Salford City are interested in signing Bradford City striker Eoin Doyle.

The Irishman scored 11 goals for the Bantams last season, which wasn’t enough to keep them in League One. Since then, Gary Bowyer has rebuilt his attacking options with the signings of Clayton Donaldson and a James Vaughan, two players that will undoubtedly bring success at that level. These signings have moved Doyle down the pecking order, and he may seek a move elsewhere to guarantee himself first-team football.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what Doyle could offer Salford if he was to sign.


The striker has scored a lot of goals in the EFL over the years, for Bradford, Chesterfield, Oldham and Preston. A move to an ambitious Salford side, will excite him no doubt, however, will Bradford sell him to promotion rivals?

If the move goes through, The Ammies would be signing a striker that should almost guarantee goals in League Two. Doyle has 46 goals in 100 appearances in League One, that’s a pretty good record for a player that’s had a lot of loan spells, and hasn’t played for clubs fighting at the top of their leagues.

Salford City boss Graham Alexander will also be looking to find that right balance between quality and experience. Doyle offers both. Although he’s 31, and his best years may be behind him, he’ll still be a constant threat and score goals in League Two. There’s a lot of pressure from outside for Salford to deliver promotion next season, and although I think it’ll be tough, they are signing the right type of players required to succeed in that league.

Players want to play for Salford City. They are on the rise, winning promotions, backed by rich owners, have a good fan base and on a ride that everyone is following. It’ll certainly be an interesting first season in the EFL for the club.

Two things Cook would have learnt from Wigan Athletic’s draw with Bradford City

Wigan Athletic prepare for matches against Premier Leagues, Everton and Burnley, following their 1-1 draw vs Bradford City on Saturday. The Latics’ Championship campaign starts on Saturday 3rd August against Cardiff.

Wigan visited Valley Parade, as boss Paul Cook looks to gear up his side for another tough season. Former Latics striker scored a penalty in the first half before Anthony Pilkington levelled minutes into the second half. The Latics dominated after the break, however, couldn’t find a winner. A good run out for both sides.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what Cook will have to learn from the draw, ahead of their last two friendlies this week.

Anthony Pilkington will play a big part this season

Pilkington has arguably been our best player this pre-season, and I expect him to be like a new signing after having a full pre-season with us.

The attacker signed in January, and played brilliantly on his debut vs Aston Villa, showcasing his skills to assist Gary Roberts. After that, he struggled to make a real impact. Whether it was down to lack of match fitness, or just him not being on the same wavelength as our other attacking players, I’ve no doubt he’ll be much better this season. He’s got a lot of quality, scores goals, quick, versatile and has been successful in both the Premier League and Championship.

We need a striker

It’s plain and simple, the fans, staff and owners know it. We need a striker. We are trying though, which is positive news. Sam Gallagher opted to sign for Blackburn Rovers, while a move for Jordan Hugill has been agreed with West Ham United, however, there’s a dispute over wages ongoing. They are the right types, target men. Hugill struggled last season at Middlesbrough because Pulis didn’t get players around him in support. Wigan plays with three attacking midfielders behind the striker, Hugill holds the ball up and attacks the box very well. The striker would be a good signing if we can get it over the line.

‘Announce promotion’ ‘You draw your away games you win your home games, you go up as champions, up the tics’ Wigan Athletic fans optimistic following draw

Wigan Athletic drew 1-1 at Bradford City yesterday, as they continue preparations ahead of their Championship campaign starting against Cardiff City on August 3rd.

Former Latics striker James Vaughan scored a penalty in the first half before Anthony Pilkington levelled the score shortly after the break.

Paul Cook’s final two preseason games will see them host Premier League sides, Everton and Burnley.

Let’s see what Wigan fans made of the 1-1 draw vs Bradford yesterday…

2 free agents that Salford City should be looking at

Salford City manager Graham Alexander is preparing his squad for their first-ever season in the EFL.

The Ammies have already made six additions to their squad this summer. Here at The Football Manc Cave, we look at two possible free agents that Salford could sign.

Although they have a talented squad, and the pull of ‘Class of 92’. It’s important they sign experienced players, who have been successful in the division previously.

So, let’s have a look at a couple of players they could sign on a free transfer…

Ben Turner

Turner is an experienced centre half, who has operated in the EFL for the majority of his career. He was part of the Cardiff City side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13. Turner then played 31 games the following season, however, Cardiff was relegated.

Although, he isn’t the player he used to be. Turner has that vital experience of winning ‘season-defining’ matches, promotions and just being a leading figure around the dressing room. You need these type of players on and off the field, and I think he’d be a great addition to an ambitious, young Salford side.

Tom Adeyemi

This midfielder would be one of the best in League Two if Salford could tempt him to Moor Lane.

I’m surprised Ipswich let him go at the end of last season, I’d say as much that he would be a force in League One. A real midfield powerhouse. Adeyemi has done well at both Cardiff and Leeds, particularly at Leeds Utd when he used to physically boss other midfielders.

Very experienced in the EFL, a ball-winning midfielder, physical and strong. Perhaps a drop down to League Two is unrealistic. However, Salford is a club on the rise, and have more pulling power than most League One sides.

2 strengths and 2 weaknesses that will see Bury struggle this season

It’s been an absolute disaster of a year for Bury. A mountain of off-field problems resulted in their manager and the entire promotion-winning team leaving. Paul Wilkinson has recently been appointed as manager.

Dan from The Football Manc looks at a couple of strengths and weaknesses that will see Bury relegated from League One, the strengths were very, very difficult.


Bury have a loyal fan base, and I’m sure they will get behind the manager. It’s going to be a tough year for The Shakers regardless of who buys the club, and which players they sign.

However, the fans must stick with them. The new manager and players will give everything, support them and you just never know what will happen. Hard work, commitment and a bit of talent can get you far in League One.

They’ve got a manager & assured they’ll have a team come August

I know it’s not much of a bonus, however, I’m sure Bury fans doubted whether they’d even have a team to field in August. They’ve been assured that definitely won’t be the case, Bury will be playing on August 3rd. I hope their fans have a side they can be proud of, they were brilliant last season. It would be a real shame to see it all wasted, and they get relegated without a fight the following campaign.

They’ve lost every player

They have not got one player that started the final game of the 2018/19 season. What a turnaround. It just shows how quickly things can turn in football, it’s frightening. It’s not time to dwell on the past, they must move on and just try to sign a new squad. It’s all they can do now.

They’re in League One

If they were still in League Two, it wouldn’t be as difficult to build a side and consolidate, however, League One is a completely different ball game. It’s very competitive and there are some good sides. To compete, you need that balance between quality and experience, with very limited funds, I think Bury will have to settle for veterans who will give their all for the shirt. It may not be enough to keep them in the division, their effort will be undoubted though.

Forget Hugill: Here’s 2 strikers Wigan Athletic should try to sign

According to Sky Sports, Wigan Athletic’s proposed move for Jordan Hugill has fallen through. It was reported a fee was agreed with West Ham United, however, player wages were the stumbling block.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at two other potential strikers that may interest Paul Cook…

Lucas Joao

Money, money, money. IEC has bags of it. Splash the cash on this guy and we’ll hit the play-offs. The Star reported that the Portuguese striker handed in a transfer request a couple of days ago, he must be desperate for a pie and a pint in Wigan, I can’t blame him.

Joao is a player I’ve always rated, and I never feel he gets the game time or recognition he deserves. A central defenders nightmare in my opinion, physical, strong, quick with an eye for goal. A Drogba type, just not as good. The striker scored 10 goals in 31 appearances last season, however, he played second fiddle to Steven Fletcher for the majority, and The Owls chopped and changed managers.

Wigan has real quality creative players. Michael Jacobs, Gavin Massey, Anthony Pilkington and hopefully Jamal Lowe will be joining us soon. If we could provide him with service, he would score goals. Joao also fits that ‘target man’ role that Paul Cook is presumably looking to fill.

I think we’d be priced out of a permanent move, maybe a loan would be a sensible option for all parties. I, for one, would like him at Latics. A very good Championship striker.

Kieffer Moore

The Tykes will be looking to hold onto him this summer, as he’ll be needed to score the goals that’ll keep them in the league. Perhaps not a risk worth taking if it would take a £3-4 million bid, nevertheless a good striker that deserves another chance at this level.

3 Rochdale players that should play vs Oldham Athletic today – Agree?

Oldham Athletic host Rochdale in a pre-season friendly today, as both sides continue their preparation ahead their seasons starting on August 3rd.

Oldham finished 14th in League Two last season, new manager Laurent Banide will be looking towards the play-offs. However, last seasons talisman Callum Lang looks to be staying at Wigan Athletic for the next campaign.

While Rochdale escaped relegation, following their brilliant form under caretaker boss Brian Barry-Murphy, which saw him be appointed the clubs permanent boss.

So, let’s look ahead to this friendly. Which three Rochdale players should start on today?

Ian Henderson

Scored on Saturday vs Huddersfield, will score five vs Oldham. Perhaps a little optimistic, I’m just a huge fan of his. Henderson being fit and scoring goals will make or break their season. Provide him service and he’ll score 15+, if they don’t, they’ll struggle to avoid relegation. I’m quietly confident they’ll have a good season, though.

Ntlhe Kgosi

The defender was signed from Stevenage in 2017, on a free transfer. He was in and out of the side last season, making 19 appearances, similar the season before when he made 20. Whenever I’ve watched him, I’ve been impressed and wondered why he doesn’t play every week. Perhaps if he has a full pre-season, he can be a vital player for Murphy next season.

Bradley Wade

Josh Lillis will start the season as Rochdale’s number one. However, Bradley Wade is currently the only other goalkeeper on their books, so perhaps he’s going to be given an opportunity to challenge for the number one shirt next season. Still only 19, he has plenty of potential and time is on his side.

Blackburn Rovers eye up a move for Man City’s 21y/o defender

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn Rovers are lining up a loan move for Man City defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Championship rival West Bromwich Albion, playing 36 times as The Baggies reached the play-offs, finishing fourth, before losing to arch-rivals Aston Villa in the semi-finals on penalties.

Adarabioyo is predominantly a central defender, playing much of his Man City youth days in this position. However, he lined up as a right-back for the majority of the last campaign, proving his versatility and ability to play across the back four.

A move for the Premier League youngster is believed to be nearing completion. Tony Mowbray has so far added Stewart Downing, Bradley Johnson and Sam Gallagher to his ranks, Adarabioyo would be Rovers’ first loan signing of the summer.

Mowbray saw his side concede 69 goals in 46 league matches last season, including having the leakiest away defence in the league. The departures of Paul Downing and Jack Rodwell will force the boss to strengthen his defensive options.

Adarabioyo would add height and physicality to a threadbare Rovers backline. He’s very confident on the ball, and happy to both attack and defend if playing full back.

Rovers have so far added quality and experience, in particular with the signings of Downing and Johnson. Gallagher was an expensive buy, however, has bags of potential and now the move is permanent, has a chance to really express himself and make the number nine spot his own.

Perhaps Mowbray is on the hunt for young talent on loan, who can freshen up his experienced side, providing him with a selection headache for their opening match on August 3rd. Adarabioyo would kick-off this trend, the youngster would be a good signing for Blackburn.

Oldham Athletic tie-down 19y/o defender, a smart move?

Oldham Athletic defender Tom Hamer has signed a new two-year contract extension, which will keep him at Boundary Park until 2022.

The 19-year-old signed for The Latics in 2015 and made his first-team debut in their EFL trophy win over Leicester last season.

The academy graduate played 35 first-team matches in all competitions during the last campaign and was one of Oldham’s top performers throughout the 2018/19 season.

Hamer has the potential to play at a much higher level than League Two in future years. However, Oldham has acted quickly and prepared themselves for this outcome. Adding a further two years to his contract will mean other sides have to pay considerably more to buy a player that has years remaining on his current contract.

A lot of sides now lose young talent, and only receive the mandatory compensation, because they didn’t tie them down to a long-term contract earlier in their career. Sides like Oldham need to maximise every opportunity to create funds for the club, they’ve done that successfully in this case. Any future sale of Hamer will only happen at the price they demand, because of that luxury they have with him being contracted until 2022.

Also, former Oldham first-team coach Paul Murray had returned as the clubs academy manager and will begin his new role on today.

Oldham starts their season at Forest Green Rovers on August 3rd and will be hoping to build on last seasons 14th placed finish.

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