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12th Man: New signings galore, will it help?

After one of the busiest days of transfer activity in years both incoming and outgoing, Sean looks at whether those new signings can hit the ground running and get Latics out of the bottom three.
Gabriel Obertan

As week’s go I dont think Wigan Athletic will have faced a busier one in recent times. Let’s start off at Old Trafford – in all honesty I was a bit disappointed on Sunday. The buzz around the tie before hand and the amount of upsets on Saturday had given the Latics faithful the hope that although only a slim chance they had a chance all the same.

For the best part of 50 minutes that was true, we were well in the game and if David Perkins had converted that chance at 1-0, well who knows what could have been.

As it was the game followed the usual path of Latics visits to Old Trafford. Plenty of endevaour, poor refereeing decisions, great support but four goals conceded and none scored. It was a big ask to go to Old Trafford to get anything and Mourinho named much stronger sides than the other Premier League big hitters who had been knocked out over the weekend and if there’s one positive it means we can now fully concentrate on our survival battle.

Speaking of that survival battle Friday’s side could look very different come kick-off. Wigan were the busiest club on transfer deadline day, bringing in a huge eight signings.

 I won’t lie to you I know very little from most of those other than Gabriel Obertan, Omar Bogle, Alex Bruce and Matt Gilk’s. The younger lads have clearly been brought in with potential in mind and with Warren Joyce and Andy Welsh at the hand we have to hope they can fulfill that potential with Wigan Athletic. Preferably in the Championship.

Friday is a huge game for Latics, results in the league over the FA Cup weekend mean we’re back in the bottom three albeit with a game in hand. We need to pick up where we left off in the league against Brentford and hope that the defeat against United hasn’t knocked confidence in the squad too much.

Let’s hope the new lads can settle in quickly and help the cause.

First published in the Wigan Evening Post, Friday 3rd February 2017.

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