Football in the North: “Eee, it’s like playing in a fridge freezer!” “Shurrup and kick the blasted ball in my general direction.”
Owen Coyle’s quest to transform Wigan Athletic into a Manchester United B-team continues apace with news that 20-year old forward Will Keane is close to securing a loan deal. That’s if you believe the sources, and there is certainly no reason not to. Nope, none at all.
There are now less than two weeks remaining until the Football League’s ‘emergency loan window’ closes on 28th November, but the Latics boss will hope to finalise a contract before the visit of Brighton a week today. With Marc-Antoine Fortune short of form and Grant Holt short of match practice, there is a small chance Keane may even feature in that game.
Keane could line up alongside fellow Man United youngster Nick ‘Better Than Cantona‘ Powell at Wigan, as part of his ongoing recovery from injury. A cruciate knee issue prevented him playing a single game in the 2012/13 season… wait a minute, this sounds a might familiar. A player returning from a mid/long-term injury recuperating at Latics? Hey, sounds like a decent strategy to obtain some high quality cover in the short term. I’ll remember to use it the next time I play Premier Manager ’97.
We’ll count our loanmen the day they gingerly foist the Latics scarf aloft, a look of mild panic on their faces. “Do I have to play here? The open corners of the stadium expose us players to ice-cold northerly winds.” No, we need those to boot the ball through to aid our time-wasting efforts. Don’t forget, this is the Championship.