With Crystal Palace entering administration and owing debts of up to £30m, it seemed the sale of Victor Moses was inevitable and vital to the clubs survival. He is one of the most sought after young players in game and during the January transfer window a whole host of clubs had been linked to his signature, from Nottingham Forest to Barcelona and Real Madrid. The 11 goals in 58 appearances for Crystal Palace may not seem like much, but he possesses pace, strength and height and is sure to be a top class forward in years to come. So why Wigan Athletic?
Wigan Athletic may not be the most ambitious club in the top flight, but their ability to sign virtual unknown quantities and turn them into high calibre Premier League stars has proved them to be a useful stepping stone to players which aspire to play for the top clubs. Wilson Palacios, Luis Antonio Valencia and Emile Heskey are prime examples of what a transfer to Wigan can do for you.
Wilson Palacios followed Steve Bruce to Wigan from Birmingham City after a brief loan spell at the club from Olympia. After a tremendous year it became clear to Bruce that although he would lose one of his best players. He couldn’t persuade the player who had been distracted by talk of a move to a big clubs for months before finally signing for Tottenham Hotspur.
After making only two appearances for Villarreal, Luis Antonio Valencia was loaned to Wigan for an initial year’s loan, which was extended by another year the next season. He then signed for an undisclosed fee and was in fine form throughout the season scoring 6 goals in 47 appearances and providing many key assists and match winning performances. He showed his commitment to Wigan in January 2009 by turning down a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. At the end of the 2008/2009 Dave Whelan admitted that Valencia would not be forced to stay with the club and eventually joined Manchester United in the summer of 2009.
Emile Heskey is a player that would have thought his best years were behind him after experiencing relegation with Birmingham City in 2006. However, Wigan forked out £5.5m to buy him and during a two and a half year spell at the club his goal scoring record could be seen as poor for a striker, with only 15 goals in 82 appearances. Though, Heskey is not a player recognised for his goal scoring talent, but for his ability to hold up the ball and feed his strike partner. His ability to do this earned him a place back in the England squad and his footballing CV was further enhanced with a £3.5m move to Aston Villa.
Victor Moses’ move to Wigan may come as a shock to some people considering the other options out there. However, the benefits of this move are the guarantees of first team football, an opportunity to showcase his talent in the greatest league in the world and the chance to earn the most desired of moves to one of Europe’s elite. Therefore, a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid may not be off the cards yet.
Written By Mike Booth