Owen Coyle stamps his mark on Wigan squad
Wigan have made several new signings which could gain them promotion
Since he was appointed Wigan manager, Owen Coyle has stamped his authority on the squad, by signing seven players in the last week.
In my opinion he has gone about his transfer business relatively well, as he looks to help Wigan make swift return to the Premier League.
In terms of the players Coyle has brought in, there is a mix of characteristics from youthful exuberance, in the example of 23-year old Thomas Rogne, to seasoned professionals.
The seasoned professionals can be seen in the examples of ex-England goal keeper Scott Carson and star signing Grant Holt.
I feel the players that have been brought in will give the squad a greater depth, which is critical after several players left on free transfers or returned to their parent clubs after their loan deals expired.
After this exodus from the club, Coyle realised he needed strength in numbers to be able to compete in the Championship as well as the Europa League.
The transfers have focused on two main areas: the defensive backline and the attacking talent. Last season Wigan’s relegation wasn’t helped with the fact a number of their defenders picked up injuries and they didn’t have the numbers to replace them.
This is the reason he has signed three defenders in the form of Rogne, Crainey and James Perch, who can play in midfield and as a wing back when required.
In addition to this all of the clubs strikers have left the club with Franco Di Santo leaving on a free, Arouna Kone and Boselli sealing transfers away from the club.
This meant Coyle needed to get strikers in quick, but I feel he wanted players who had experience playing at Championship level. Hence he recruited Fortune and paid a fee believed to be in the region of £2m for Holt.
These players are well experienced playing at this level and should bring the goals to help Wigan push for promotion next season. I do feel that Coyle will still be in the market for another striker to just increase the numbers and create competition for places.
They have been linked in recent weeks with a £1m bid for FC Utercht striker Jacob Mulenga. He is the subject of reported interest for other Championship clubs, but Wigan are the more attractive proposition due to their involvement in the Europa League.
The European competition adds a chance for players to potentially play against the likes of Valencia and Fiorentina is an opportunity most players crave. It was reported to have been a factor that influenced Grant Holt and will give Wigan an advantage is there is a transfer tug-of-war over a player.
Overall I still feel Owen Coyle will want to bring in a couple more players, particularly if any more of his squad are subject to transfer bids.
I expect him to bring in a couple more faces, most probably another striker and a new centre-back. However, Wigan fans must realise, after his current work in the transfer market they are in safe hands and I do fully expect them to be challenging for promotion next season.
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