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Season Preview: Reviewing our 2014 Summer Incomings

A look back at our summer 2014 arrivals, just how well did we do and how much has it all cost us?

Chris Brunskill

Andrew Taylor

With the departures of Stephen Crainey and Jean Beausejour from the team, we defiantly need to recruit a left sided defender. Well Uwe Rosler and the club moved quickly to bring in an experienced left back, that was Andrew Taylor. Having been part of a promotion winning Cardiff City and featuring during their Premier League season, it on paper looked like a good deal.

So far Taylor has taken time to get use to playing in the wing-back role, but he is slowly but surely getting use to the idea of getting forward more. That was shown by his goal at the weekend. In the long run over the season Taylor will be a very good addition with his experience at this level.

Aaron Taylor Sinclair

Young, energetic and plenty of potential. The 23 year old left-sided defender has been brought in as a future talent for the club. The noise from Scotland was that this guy could go places, well the club are keeping him behind close doors at the moment but he appears to be a 'typical' Rolser signing.

One future seasons to come, and hopefully we will see him break into the first team at some point. That will more than likely be due to injury or suspension though. Still in long run a very good signing and for absolutely nothing.

James Tavernier

This lad shone last season at Rotherham and we had to fight them off to sign the player. Still at the age of 22 the defender has a long way to go but showed some good qualities during pre-season. Another player who I don't think will be prominent this season, but will have an influence on the team in years to come.

Fee rumored to be £500,000 and if he can hit his potential then we could have another one of those large profits coming our way.

Don Cowie

Another Cardiff City import, the South Wales club tried very hard to keep the player over the summer yet we moved in and made the player ours on a free transfer. So far in his Wigan career he has taken time to adjust, yet in the last game against Birmingham City the midfielder ha come on leaps and bounds.

High pressing full of energy midfielder who adds some more experience to the team, which will be important with such a young group of players that we have now amassed at the club.

Emyr Huws

First off signed on a six month loan, before impressing massively at the club. Uwe Rosler and the club managing to make that loan move a permanent move which could be a fantastic piece of business. Still at the age of 20 Huws hasn't looked out of place in our midfield and will surely only continue to improve as he gets older.

Many Manchester City fans found this deal hard to understand with just how highly thought of the player was thought of there. Which makes the deal even sweeter for me, we have signed an extremely talented player for a deal less that £3 million.

Adam Forshaw

What a surprise this guy signed, long had it been made clear that the club was in for the Brentford FC attacking midfielder. Well now he will be playing in the blue and white of Wigan, that was after a legal wrangling between ourselves, Brentford and Everton FC who has a sell on clause to sort out.

A player Rosler knows and trust and Forshaw shone last year in League One and went on to become the player of the year for the division. If he can capture some of that form again this season then we are in for a treat. Full of talent and a player who will again have a great resale value than the argued £2.5 million we have paid for him.

William Kvist

What a surprise this guy way. Our third transfer deadline day signing and the player comes in more or less as an out and out replacement for James McArthur. An extremely talented Denmark international who has been a regular at Stuttgart over the years and will had a large wealth of experience to the team.

Signing on a free transfer on a one year contract. Very good business by the club and you would expect that deal to be extended if we are successful in getting promotion this season.

Oriol Riera

At the time a player we all thought would be our lead striker, that may change in the coming weeks but it didn't half show some ambition by the club to sign this player. The striker coming in from relegated La Liga side Osasuna once we had activated his release clause with an offer of £2 million.

The striker comes with pedigree after banging in 13 goals last term, and has already got off the mark this season with us. A player who will score goals and make the difference when it counts, couple that with his willingness to run and chase the ball. Top quality attacking addition by the club.

Andy Delort

Chased by several clubs over the summer, and we have done very well to sign the player. Still only young and known for scoring goals. What could be better? How about his characteristics of being physically strong and aggressive when playing up front, get the feeling he will fit in in England.

A fee in the region of £3 million is rumored to be agreed price and the player comes in on our wage structure. Hopefully the cost will be worth it, especially if he can fire us back to the Premier League.

Anyone else really wanting to see him and Riera link up together up front, now that good be an extremely strong front two!


Well the club should be happy with themselves. We have managed to strengthen where we need add to that the increased numbers and it all adds up. This squad has been shaped very well by Rosler and it is beginning to look more and more like a promotion pushing team.

A pattern has definitely emerged from this window, in Rolers signing principles, with a mixture of talented youngsters and experienced quality players arriving at the club.

Total Estimated Spend: £11 million (ah so that is where the McCarthy money went!)

For the price of Ross McCormack we have built up a fantastic squad.