Wigan Athletic are one of several Championship clubs interested in signing Stoke City striker Lee Gregory, a report from The Daily Mail has claimed.
Gregory only joined the Potters from Millwall in the most recent summer transfer window, but it seems there is already a chance he could be on the move again this month.
According to the latest reports, Wigan have been joined by Birmingham City and Middlesbrough in the race to sign the striker on loan, as they all look to strengthen their respective squads this month.
The Latics are currently 23rd in the Championship, two points adrift of safety after winning just one of their last 17 games in all competitions, meaning something must change soon if they are going to have any hope of survival this season.
So would Gregory be a good signing for Wigan?
Here, we take a look at two pros and two cons to this potential move.
Pro: They need a striker
One big factor behind Wigan’s struggles so far this season, is a distinct lack of goals.
Despite the summer additions of Barnsley’s Kieffer Moore and Portsmouth’s Jamal Lowe to their attacking ranks, the Latics’ return of 25 league goals is the lowest in the Championship this season.
It seems therefore, as though adding another attacking threat such as Gregory to their squad this month could be crucial to Wigan’s hopes of picking up the results they need to ultimately secure their place in the Championship behind the end of this season.
Pro: Gregory has seen it all before
If Wigan were to secure the signing of Gregory, they would be getting someone who is more than familiar with the situation the Latics currently find themselves in.
Throughout his time at Millwall, Gregory both won and lost battles against relegation from the Championship, and is also in one with Stoke at the minute, with the Potters just two places better off than the Latics as things stand.
As a result, Gregory would be more than ready for the challenges he will be facing if he makes the move to the DW Stadium, which could allow him to step up to the mark sooner for Wigan, rather than having to wait for him to adjust to the situation he finds himself in.
Con: Concerns about his goalscoring record
With Wigan seemingly in significant need of a goalscorer, you have to wonder whether Gregory would be the best option for them to target here.
So far this season, Gregory has scored just four goals in 23 league appearances for the Potters, while his time at Millwall yielded a return of 29 goals 126 games in the second-tier – albeit he was more prolific for the Lions at League One level.
Consequentially, that return at this level suggests that Gregory may not be able to find the net quite as often as Wigan need him to, meaning you have to wonder whether the Latics may be better off looking at other potential targets for the time being.
Con: It doesn’t reflect well on their summer business
Of course, the fact that Wigan are even having to look for another striker this month, doesn’t exactly show what they did last summer in the greatest light.
Having spent some not insignificant fees to bring the likes of Moore and Lowe to the club, the fact that they are having to go out and find another attacker in the next transfer window – with the duo having scored just three league goals between them this season – makes you question some of the financial decisions they made with that most recent recruitment drive.
Indeed, there is even a suggestion that they may have to sell Moore in order to fund a move for Gregory, which would be a rather unceremonious ending to the Welshman’s brief time at the DW Stadium, selling him on at the first possible opportunity in order to fund a deal for his replacement.