UK time is: 18:38:56
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

KRIS BOYD HEADING FOR THE NORTH WEST?


ANOTHER NAME IN THE TRANSFER HAT - KRIS BOYD LOOKS TO BE HEADING FOR THE NORTH WEST

The late season rumour rumblings are beginning to pick up speed, with Wigan Athletic amongst a host of clubs already being linked with a host of global stars. Kuranyi from Schalke in Germany and Benitez from the obscurities of Santos Laguna in Mexico - just a few of the names linked with the European hopefuls over past weeks.

But, as the season reaches its climax, and the Latics prepare to face a battling Rovers side on Sky on Sunday, a new centre forward appears to be heading to the soon-to-be DW Stadium. The name Kris Boyd has a far less Latin spin to it, but the Scottish front man could be switching clubs when the season comes to an end.

Wigan Athletic have long had more than a subtle link with our kilt attired associates, with a string of signings as well as once making a fraught attempt for league status with an application to the Scottish football league in 1972.

Lee McCulloch was the last Scotsman to make a name for himself in Wigan`s colours, and the next arrival could be heading from the former number 10`s current residence. The Ibrox goal machine portrays the same sturdy look of his compatriot, and at just 25, Kris Boyd still has time to make his name within the most prestigious of world leagues.

Boyd has spearheaded the Rangers attack ever since he joined from Kilmarnock in 2006. He is currently the second highest scorer in the Scottish Premier League.

This may encourage the usual bittersweet retort similar to that when someone mentions the term 'Scottish international`, but the striker has a proud record, and carries many of the characteristics in style that are so vital to Premier League centre forwards. Tall, strong in the air and with great positioning and movement in the final third, Boyd is a natural anywhere near the six yard box.

76 goals in 106 games is a more than credible record in any league, and the striker certainly won`t lack the strength nor the physical presence which is so instrumental to Premier League front play. His goal ratio stretches onto the international stage too, which weighs heavily against those dismissing his record due to a weak Scottish Premier League.

Despite 7 goals in 15 international games however, Scotland manager, George Burley controversially failed to select him for the national side on a number of occasions, and the striker revealed his refusal to play under the foreseeable regime in October 2008.

His work rate and attitude have been crisitised in his Rangers career, mainly when Celtic have been on top of the traditional Scottish club duopoly.

It is sometimes cited as the main reason for which no team has yet gambled on his signature, at least until Championship club Birmingham approached him in January. However, on form, the striker has proved himself a top target man and clinical with both head and feet in front of goal.

Steve Bruce is a well known admirer of a physical target man as the crux of his attack, and Boyd would certainly fall into this category.

In addition, the Rangers man would potentially offer the goal scoring touch which has been so deficient from Latics current campaign. A bad attitude may have been an issue in the Scotsman`s career, both at club and international level, but Bruce has plenty of experience dealing some of the most questionable characters in football.

Charles N`Zogbia and Mido hold dubious records which Joe Kinnear pointed out could keep coaches up all night, though they do now appear to have taken well to life at the JJB.

With the right management, Kris Boyd could prove a fantastic acquisition for a Premier League club, and at the moment, Wigan stand at the very front of the queue.

It is key to note though, with a 3.5m transfer to Birmingham collapsing over wage demands, the move may be put into question under Whelan and the club`s stringent remuneration policy.


Latics Speyk Car Stickers Have Arrived

Vital Wigan are pleased to announce that the Latics Speyk car stickers have arrived anyone who wants one follow the instructions in this link

Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site


Vital Latics - Bringing you the Latics Speyk car stickers and the podcasts

It's easy to join us at Vital Latics to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved









Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Andy Jackson Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 20 2009

Time: 7:55PM

Your Comments

Good article Andy, there a quite a few Latics fans that would like to see Boyd at the JJB, I aint one of them, for me Boyd just lacks something, that extra bit of quality
worbo
Good article Andy, there a quite a few Latics fans that would like to see Boyd at the JJB, I aint one of them, for me Boyd just lacks something, that extra bit of quality
worbo
I wouldn't take any prolific SPL striker unless is was on loan first, his stats and his abilities all sound good but based on precedent Celtic and Rangers strikers just don't maintain any of their goal scoring form in the Premiership. Look at Daniel Cousin at Hull this season and you'll see what I mean
fly eagles fly
I wouldn't take any prolific SPL striker unless is was on loan first, his stats and his abilities all sound good but based on precedent Celtic and Rangers strikers just don't maintain any of their goal scoring form in the Premiership. Look at Daniel Cousin at Hull this season and you'll see what I mean
fly eagles fly
Also Kenny Miller, Barry Ferguson was a flop at Sunderland and going back in time so too was Ally McCoist
worbo
Also Kenny Miller, Barry Ferguson was a flop at Sunderland and going back in time so too was Ally McCoist
worbo
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. scotdave 100
2. russialatic 93
3. worbo 83
4. Pauvre Jean 76
5. Whittleblue 76
6. Bert Hughes 59
7. Thorpyness 56
8. Oscarbon 41
9. DRAGNET 40
10. Lazysid 37

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 2 Rotherham
Watford 2 - 1 Wigan
Wigan 0 - 1 Norwich
Sheff Wed 2 - 1 Wigan
Wigan 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Bolton 3 - 1 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Rotherham 22 5 9 8 -9 24
19. Huddersfield 22 6 6 10 -12 24
20. Leeds Utd 21 6 5 10 -7 23
21. Millwall 22 5 8 9 -9 23
22. Brighton 22 3 10 9 -8 19
23. Wigan 22 3 8 11 -8 17
24. Blackpool 21 2 6 13 -22 12

Breaking League News

Middlesbrough : 20/12/2014 18:33:00
Fulham : 20/12/2014 18:12:00
10 Man Watford Win At Reading
Watford : 20/12/2014 17:56:00
Brighton : 20/12/2014 17:44:00
Blackburn : 20/12/2014 17:40:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where will the points go today?
Suggested By:  Barry Chuckle
Latics 63%
Rotherham 25%
Draw 12%