Wigan Athletic were busy over the summer, making 11 signings in total, as they looked to bolster their squad to help them establish themselves in the Championship.
Among those were two of League One’s most prolific forwards last season, Kieffer Moore and Jamal Lowe, and a number of young defenders, including Antonee Robinson from Everton and Tom Pearce from Leeds United.
It appears Paul Cook also wanted to add some know-how to complement some of the players he had brought in that while talented, lacked Championship experience.
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On transfer deadline day, the Latics signed 33-year-old centre-back Charlie Mulgrew on a season-long loan from Blackburn Rovers.
The Scotsman had been a key player for Rovers over the past few years and was the captain prior to leaving the club, but decided to move to Wigan due to concerns over his playtime.
Mulgrew, who has made 72 appearances in the Championship and been capped 44 times for Scotland, looked a smart addition from the North West club.
In today’s FLW Rewind, we take a look back at the responses of Wigan fans to the move…
What a signing
— matt jones 🏴 (@MattJ_213) August 9, 2019
How have we managed to sign the club captain of one of our rivals, such a great versatile player to have in the middle or at the back over the moon with that
— Mr Brexit-Breadstick (@breadstickting) August 9, 2019
— Callum (@MrCalliJ) August 9, 2019
Rovers fans don’t seem to rate him any more but he’s always played well against us. Looks like an excellent transfer window on paper. Can Cookie juggle all his new pieces successfully is the question.
— John O (@sirhlyon) August 9, 2019
What a signing!! Leader and loves a goal from a corner haha
— Dj (@DanielDejJordan) August 9, 2019
— Speaky (@CA_Speaky) August 5, 2019
There was some real excitement from large parts of the DW Stadium faithful when the Latics announced Mulgrew’s arrival and for much of the season he has lived up to the billing.
The 33-year-old started eight consecutive games at centre-back for Wigan, with the club keeping clean sheets in four of those and taking a total of 11 points.
Unfortunately, he picked up an injury against Derby County in late October and has not returned the side since–with the club failing to keep a clean sheet and earning just one point in his absence.
Based on his early-season performances, you’d imagine Latics fans will want the Scotsman to stay at the club–as he has lived up to expectations so far.