Callum Lang returns to Wigan after a successful loan spell at Oldham, scoring 16 goals. It is being reported that Tranmere manager Micky Mellon wants to sign Lang, following a failed attempt in January. With top scorer James Norwood closing on a move to Ipswich, Rovers are looking to sign a striker to replace his goals.
Despite a positive finish, which saw Paul Cook’s side finish 18th, Wigan struggled to score goals for the majority of the season. Joe Garner and Nick Powell were the Latics’ top scorers but scored just eight goals each. Adding pressure to the situation, it’s being reported that Powell will join Stoke on a free transfer, and Leon Clarke will return to Sheffield United at the end of his loan deal.
If this occurs, it leaves Wigan with very limited attacking options, and money will need to be spent on replacing returning loanees – Christian Walton, Antonee Robinson and Reece James, therefore Lang may be given an opportunity to lead the line next season.
Would Wigan fans be excited to see Lang as their new number nine?
Fox in the box
Wigan’s main strength is their creativity out wide. Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey provide pace and trickery, but they lack that natural goalscorer to benefit from their quality. Lang scored a majority of his goals at Oldham from inside the box, proving he is a very good instinctive finisher.
You feel that Lang playing in a team with that much pace and quality on the wings is a match made in heaven – give him service and he will score goals. Hopefully, he gets his long-awaited chance at Wigan and grabs it. Now Will Grigg has left, Wigan fans need a new striker to create a song about.
Lang is worth taking a gamble on
As previously mentioned, Wigan needs to sign a lot of players this summer. A ‘proven Championship goal-scorer’ would cost Wigan a good few million, which they simply can’t afford. Lang is a hungry, confident and in-form striker, after scoring 16 goals last season, surely he deserves a chance to show he is ready for the step-up to the Championship.
It’s an exciting time for both Lang and Wigan fans, a 20-year-old striker could be about to become their new sensation. Let him loose Cook, let’s see how good he is.