If there’s one certainty in life it’s that there’s never a dull moment when following Wigan Athletic. A well-earned win over Blackpool was quickly followed by the news that a deal had been agreed for Brentford’s Adam Forshaw though the announcement that a bid from Leicester had been accepted for James McArthur tempered the news somewhat. Add in mysterious links to French strikers and it’s just another week in the company of Wigan Athletic.
The win over Blackpool despite being closer than it should have been was an excellent three points, although Uwe surprised many when he said that the first half was one of the best in his time in charge I can see his thinking behind that comment.
How the Latics weren’t four or five up by half time is something that would astound most observers such was our domination, Callum McManaman who is quickly becoming our talisman could have had a hat-trick on his own. His link up play with Oriol Riera who bagged his first goal in Blue and White was particularly pleasing and backs up what the management had said about building new partnerships. Hopefully the lads can kick on and get another three points against Birmingham on Saturday which would stand us in good stead ahead of the international break.
On the transfer’s front Dave Whelan has again been unfairly portrayed as the pantomime villain with James McArthur on his way to Leicester, a reported £7m transfer fee for a player like James is fantastic business and shows once again the strength of Wigan Athletic’s transfer policy in recent years. Although it’s always disappointing to see good players leave if that money can be reinvested in to the club to help keep us solvent and go towards squad strengthening then it really does become a no brainer.
With the expected arrivals of Adam Forshaw and a new striker along with the return from injury of Chris McCann, Ben Watson and James McClean the squad is starting to have a more balanced look to it. Get another three points on Saturday and we could really hit the ground running come September.