Wigan Athletic To Lose Key Forward?

Wigan Athletic attacker Callum Lang could be set to leave the troubled League One side, with Championship outfit Huddersfield Town interested in making a move, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The 24-year-old is currently under contract at the DW Stadium but could leave if the price is right as the club, with Terriers boss Neil Warnock keen to tie up a deal quickly to bring the Wigan man to West Yorkshire.

Who is Callum Lang?

Progressing through the youth ranks at Liverpool, Lang joined Wigan Athletic back in 2013 and continued his development in their youth system before making his debut for the club in August 2017 in an EFL Cup match against Blackpool, in which the Latics won 2-1.

Shortly following his Wigan debut, Lang would go out to Morecambe on loan for the 2017/18 season, scoring ten goals in 31 appearances for the Shrimps as they finished the League Two campaign in 22nd, surviving the drop on goal difference.

Another loan followed the next season, this time with Oldham Athletic. In 50 appearances at Boundary Park, Lang would find the net 16 times, including the winner against Premier League side Fulham at Craven Cottage in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2019.

Further loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Motherwell followed before Lang started to make his name at the DW Stadium. During his duration as a Wigan Athletic player, the 24-year-old has gone on to make 114 appearances in total for the club, scoring 25 goals in the process.

Lang, however, had a difficult season last time out as he found the back of the net once and assisted four times in 36 appearances for Wigan as they finished the Championship season 24th, which resulted in relegation back to League One ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

Troubled times

Wigan Athletic have massively struggled with plenty of problems on the pitch since their promotion back to the Championship by winning the League One title in the 2021/22 season. The Latics’ return to the second division would only last one season as they were relegated alongside Blackpool and Reading after finishing the season 24th in the league and finishing on 39 points, with ten wins all season.

Off the pitch and things were even worse for the club, with numerous late payment of wages, meaning Wigan were on the end of several point deductions, and are set to start the new League One campaign with minus eight points as a result.

Even though they have since been taken over by local businessman Mike Danson, the PFA have reportedly advised Wigan players that they can walk out of the club over previous payment delays if they wish, with some already handing in their notice, whilst others will likely stay at the club as they won’t be paid the same level of contract elsewhere.

Writer’s View

It’s clear to see that Neil Warnock is a big admirer of Wigan’s Callum Lang, with the Terriers wanting to do business to bring him into the club; however, with Wigan’s current situation, it might potentially be a difficult deal to complete.

If Huddersfield were to complete the deal, it would represent good business for the club as they look to add to their attacking options. For Wigan however, it would be a huge blow if Lang was to leave after the impact he has made at the DW Stadium ever since breaking through, but as much as it would be a blow, I also think he’s ready to play regular Championship football. It will be interesting to see how this one progresses.

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