New Signing Review: Stephen Crainey

Ross Kinnaird

With Maynor Figueroa flying off to the tropical climate of Hull this summer, Wigan have been left with no recognized left back this summer, so the club had to move for a left back and really they had to be experienced. Mr Crainey fits that bill.

The former Celtic and Blackpool player (Stephen Crainey) arrives at Wigan with such a vast wealth of experience that he will fit right in. The left back who has enjoyed successful spells wherever he has played, has been at Bloomfield Road for the past five years.

Steven was the man who held the left back position down so well at Blackpool during their charge and time in the Premier League. Now hitting his thirties, the defender isn’t letting up and has jumped in at the club with all the hopes of a second spell in the Premier League.

Wigan do have another talented left back at the club. Jordan Mustoe a product of our youth academy and a player that Roberto Martinez was always keen on, could provide an option at left back.

The issue with Mustoe is his lack of first team experience. Now with an experienced option in, you not only have a first choice man for the position, we also have a mentor for Jordan at the club.

Yet with old defender you always wonder about their lack of pace as they age; there is the flip side to that. The player develops a better response to what is happening and becomes a more rounded solid player. That is what Crainey gives us, a player who is solid at any level, and has Championship experienced defender.

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