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Two reasons Moore is a game-changing signing for Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of Barnsley striker Kieffer Moore.

Paul Cook has been desperately searching for a target man all summer. After moves for Sam Gallagher and Jordan Hugill failed, he turned his attentions to The Tykes’ striker Moore. A fee believed to be around £3 million in total, according to Wigan Today, was agreed and the deal was completed yesterday.

Moore has scored 36 goals in his past two seasons and will be looking to start against Preston North End on Saturday. A Jason Roberts repeat? A goal 30 seconds into his debut at Deepdale. Yes, please.

So what will he offer The Latics…

Hold the ball up

It’s no mystery that Wigan’s biggest threat comes from their wide players, Michael Jacobs, Gavin Massey, Anthony Pilkington and new boy Jamal Lowe. Having Moore gives us a different option, direct to him and play around him. Or, play through midfield, with pace and width and look for him in the box. Either way, he’s a real nuisance for the defenders. 6ft5 and works hard, puts himself about and scores goals. I’d rather have him on our team than defend against him, put it that way.

It could unlock Josh Windass

This could be a match made in heaven for Windass. Even on Saturday, look at Windass’ goal, it came from running in behind after Joe Garner’s flick. Windass has pace and energy to burn, he had Cardiff’s two centre-halves run ragged with his directness and willingness to just run in behind. Moore just offers that platform to play off, it will allow Windass to pick the ball up in dangerous areas, or get behind opposition defences. It’s exciting to even think about it.

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