Transfer Window – Premier League experience neededBy: Nick | June 1st, 2010
One thing is almost certain for Wigan Athletic. If they are not able to spend on some quality players, then yet again relegation will be a possibility. For the past couple of seasons the Latics have made it a habit of buying unheralded foreign players or picking from a crop of lower league stars. While in the long run this has proved beneficial and credit should be given to Wigan’s scouting system, doing it repeatedly can become risky business. When bringing in a foreign player, say Amr Zaki or Hugo Rodallega, it takes a lot of time for these international players to adjust to the fierce, competitive nature of the Premier League. Now, although both of these players produced moments of brilliance and scored a decent amount of goals, they both went through extended patches without scoring and during the winter season failed to make a great impact. This is the same for lower leaguers, with the best example being Jason Scotland, who scored in pretty much every match for Swansea but failed to do the same at a higher level. Hopefully Rodallega and Scotland (could be transfered) will have adjusted to the league and will step it up another notch next season.
What is needed and what newly promoted clubs tend to go for is a player with at least a years worth of Prem experience and what better club to target then Portsmouth and Hull who should be keen to sell a number of players, given their financial situation. (Utaka or Fagan would be decent, cost effective additions)
During the world cup (can’t wait!) there will be a number of players who set the stage alight and it would be great to pick up a good bargain. However, experience is definitely needed too, as the majority of the squad seemed relatively underwhelmed last season.
Heres hoping for a great World Cup and some quality signings.