It took Wigan a long time today to announce something worth reading but just like buses – two came along at once.
Shaun Maloney took all day to sign but he has finally done it. Sometimes when I write I come across as a Spurs fan (or so I’ve been told) but the truth is I’m a Villa fan and therefore know all about Shaun Maloney. After being brought to the Midlands club by Martin O’Neill for approximately £1.5m he played quite well. He is lightweight but he makes up with it for a good footballing brain.
He has suffered slightly with injuries at Celtic but should he overcome those, Wigan have landed themselves a tricky little player on the cheap. He takes a nice free-kick which is always a nice thing to have in your locker and will serve valuably this season.
Almost immediately after, Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt was announced as a season-long loan signing. I’ve written about him before and he is a great player. At 21, he represents one of the most promising young left-backs in the Premier League and training alongside the likes of Ashley Cole and Yury Zhirkov can only help his development.
He appeared in the Barclay’s Asia Trophy this summer and looked adventurous and confident whilst providing an assist for Fernando Torres’ goal against Aston Villa. He has been in and around the Dutch national team whilst representing the U21’s on a number of occasions.
Wigan are, its no secret, up against it yet again in terms of survival this season. They’ve climbed out of the mire before and their fans and staff will be confident they can do it again. Signings like this can only help their cause. Roberto Martinez – I applaud you!
What do you think of Shaun Maloney and Patrick van Aanholt? Can Wigan survive the drop and do these signings help?
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