Roberts, Samba and Malbranque for Latics
Wigan correspondent: three new signings would be lovely for Martinez
The January transfer window is slowly drawing to a close and so far it has been pretty uneventful, with the exception of Darren Bent’s transfer to Aston Villa and Edin Dzeko’s big money move to Manchester City.
One can’t help thinking that this is the beginning of the flurry that will end with the frenetic activity that indicates the final few hours.
Who will your club be getting and losing? Who would you like to get and lose?
Indulge me for a moment or two while I play “Fantasy Transfer Window”. The rules are pretty arbitrary but basically I am allowed to sign three players that my team - Wigan - could realistically afford and hope to attract should they no longer be required by their current club.
I am losing none of our current squad - we need all the help we can get!
Jason Roberts from Blackburn
Just what we need: - someone who can score. He can come deep, get the ball, run at goal, shake off several defenders and beat the keeper. Seen him do it many times. He can also lurk in the box, get on the end of a cross and has real pace. His reappearance at the DW would create scenes similar to those earmarked for the second coming and would really get the crowd going.
Whether he can play to Roberto Martinez's pattern or not remains to be seen but he would be an aggressive asset to a Wigan team suffering from over politeness on occasions. He would ‘have a go’. Chance – not bad.
Christopher Samba from Blackburn
Towering central defender. Terrifying to attackers. Magnificent in the air both defensively and in set pieces. Bizarrely, doubles up as a centre forward - he even scored against us so he must be good! Good feet. A complete player. Also one who has expressed a desire to move from Blackburn. Chance - slim - he can do better than come to a relegation candidate.
Steed Malbranque from Sunderland
Hardworking attacking midfielder. Most famous Belgian in the world. Box to box, tracking back, guile, power, great passing skills, absolutely top player. Just what we need to steady our midfield that, while great at breaking up opponents attacks, isn’t creative enough to link the back line to the forwards.
Also has a great name. Imagine “Hey Steed, what do you want to drink?”. I’m envious on so many levels. Other candidates would be Danny Murphy from Fulham (no chance) or Paul Scholes from Man Utd (all pigs fuelled and ready for takeoff!).
Chances of Steed becoming a pie eater? None of course - Sunderland are a well deserved top half side at the moment and he appears instrumental in the project.
Just a bit of fun, although the Jason Roberts one has been speculated on in the past - although they say never go back. Well he’d be welcome back and I believe could still do a job for us.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.