June 25, 2024
Trotter van

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The League of Scotsmen strikes again! Thanks to some hard negotiation (we can only assume), Owen Coyle has finally persuaded David Moyes to ‘lend’ him Will Keane for a bit – until New Year’s Day, to be precise. Good job, too, because a goalscorer of any sort would be greatly appreciated at this juncture.

Latics have nine games in the space of a month so Keane should feature in the run-up to the January transfer window, at which point it’s likely the club will splash the cash for a fash…ionable attacking player. Oh dear, that was terrible. Go to the stats bit, quickly!

Will Keane mini-factfile

The 20-year old has made one appearance for parent club Manchester United, on 31 December 2011 against Blackburn Rovers, playing approximately ten minutes. He rose to prominence earlier that year, helping United to FA Youth Cup victory with three goals in the two-legged final. He also completed a hat-trick against Chelsea in the semis:

Keane sustained a ruptured ligament playing for England U21s in June 2012, relegating him to armchair supporting duties for 16 months. Not that he’s been spending his recuperation time playing Bamboozle on teletext, far from it:

When it gets to four, five or six months down the line … it becomes a case of slogging it out in the gym every day. When you see all the players go out for training, that’s the worst part. — Keane, ManUtd.com

After training with England U21s last week, Keane is… well, keen (huhuhuh, get ready to hear that pun over a million times on this site) to put the frustration behind him with a successful spell at Wigan Athletic. He will probably end up as a room-mate of fellow United loan man Nick Powell, who’ll have to retrieve cushions from the couch before bedtime. Hey, this is the recession, and it’s not as if Wigan are a Premier League side these days.

I have an idea – we shall borrow Michael Owen’s bed from Manchester General now he’s retired! To the van, Rodney.

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