The clock struck 11 o’clock at night. The transfer deadline was officially over. So why did I feel the need to stay up an extra hour and eagerly anticipate a big signing after an already hectic day? The patience paid off though as it was announced Omar Bogle had signed for Wigan Athletic, to much fanfare from supporters.
The Grimsby player had been linked with seemingly every Championship club, every man and his dog were interested in the striker and it’s not surprising why. Bogle still sits at the top of the League Two goalscorers list with quite a phenomenal tally of 19 and was the Mariners’ key player in their rise back to the football league, including scoring 2 goals in as many minutes in the play-off final against Forest Green Rovers and securing Grimsby Town’s return to the football league after a six year absence. A combined total of 78 goals in England’s semi-professional tiers playing for Grimsby, Solihull Moors and Hinckley United is also an impressive feat and the fact the Birmingham born striker can replicate his prolific talents in League Two says a lot about the quality of this player.
An hour had passed after the closing deadline of the transfer window and Wigan Athletic had tweeted out hinting that they were victorious in the highly contested race for the heavily scouted player. Shortly after, although it felt like an eternity, a picture emerged from Wigan’s Twitter feed with Bogle putting pen to paper, greeted by tweets of euphoria after the controversial news that Yanic Wildschut had left for Norwich City and proceeded to say some pretty negative things about the Latics’ supporters. After a barrage of calls for a striker to provide something fresh for Wigan’s struggling attack, the club had delivered.
What a delivery it was too! Just a small glance at some of the Englishman’s performances clearly shows his commanding qualities. Bogle’s strength allows him to win crucial balls paired with his fast pace which will no doubt cause massive problems for Championship defenders. The 24 year old also shows good positioning, something that has been lacking in Will Grigg’s game this season as countless crosses have been drilled across goal with no avail.
With the mention of Will Grigg, Omar Bogle will provide some solid and healthy competition for the star man of Wigan’s previous title winning campaign. I wouldn’t be surprised if Grigg were to be displaced by Bogle if the new signing produces some of the performances over the next few games that he had become accustomed to in the lower leagues.
The Latics may have found their new talisman, one that bears a tactical resemblance to Wigan’s star strikers of yesteryear such as the likes of Nathan Ellington and Jason Roberts; two names that resound in the minds of Wigan supporters as the players that capped of the fantastic rise through the leagues to the Premier League. Could Omar Bogle be mentioned in the same bracket as these Latics legends? Only time will tell, but firing Wigan up the Championship table and firmly out of the relegation zone is a huge leap to going down in club history. We shouldn’t get too at ahead of ourselves however, it may be a quality signing but we’re still in a relegation battle. With our new signings we need to take this battle slow, one play of Blur’s Tender at a time…
By Harry Robinson