Well Dave Whelan had a good transfer window.
Not a great one but certainly a good one as he managed to move his man (James McCarthy) on for a decent amount.
At the end of the day (quite literally) it was his main aim as his grandson confirmed via a tweet (that he later deleted) saying: “Business Done #BlinderPlayed #WAFC”.
It was crass but what do you expect from somebody that regularly “Smashes his Nandos”.
Football’s crass but James McCarthy wanted to go, Roberto Martinez wanted him and Whelan wanted to sell him.
Everybody’s happy nowadays.
Owen Coyle has done a lot of business and a few of the players he’s brought in are okay.
But only okay, in my opinion.
I hope I’m wrong and maybe the players he has brought in are best suited for getting Wigan Athletic promoted back to the promised land but I’m not entirely convinced.
Given the relative financial clout he has in this division there is nobody that you can get genuinely excited about.
The kid from United, Powell?
There just seems to be a whiff of the Evo-Stik North Division One about Owen Coyle.
The way he’s brought his players in, discarded players that won the FA Cup.
Until last week when Jordi Gomez got the winner and Roger Espinoza showed some energy that was previously missing.
But hey, it’s his call.
As is bringing in Ryan Shotton who is best/only known for playing for Stoke and having a long throw.
It is the antithesis to Martinez’s style and philosophy.
It’ll take some time getting used to or maybe not…
Barring a couple of loan signings that may come in this is now Coyle’s hand.
To a certain extent Coyle has dealt it himself and hopefully it will work and the team is sitting pretty by Christmas.
If not then Whelan might again be “playing a blinder” and moving Callum McManaman and others on.
As for James McCarthy: He’s the best midfielder I’ve seen in a Wigan shirt – simple as.
Everton have got a good un and I hope he does well.
For himself, for Martinez and for the loyal Everton fans.
In fact we may even see him (Antolin Alcaraz, Joel Robles and Arouna Koné) against Wigan Athletic next season in the Premier League.
But somehow I doubt it…
pic courtesy Daily Telegraph