Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Landon Donovan A Decent Chance To Take?

Landon Donovan A Decent Chance To Take?

Vital Latics regular and US based Wigan Athletic fan Fly Eagles Fly gives us his opinion on why we should make Landon Donovan a priority for the Martinez revolution, lets hear his argument, over to you FEF:

A couple years back, I was convinced that the Latics should make a move for Landon Donovan. I talked myself out of it, but with the present circumstances surrounding Donovan and the Latics it would seem like a move could end up being a very good low-risk, high-reward opportunity for us to try and take (plus the Aussies had their Josh Kennedy threads going for a while, I figure I might as well be able to throw a thread about this up (haha). Let me explain:

He's the disputed best player (only 5-time player of the year ever), and the undisputed best outfielder, on a US national team that despite being mostly filled with MLS and lower-quality European teams has been the dominant team in CONCACAF in recent history. This includes having a leg up on Mexico, who always have a handful of guys in top European leagues (including current representatives of Arsenal, Barca, Spurs, and other top flight German and Spanish clubs).

He plays striker and attacking mid. So we could fill one of our backup striker slots and get a great starter at winger or second striker at the same time. Very much two birds with one stone.

MLS players are relatively inexpensive because of the lower quality of the league, the highest fee the league has ever gotten for a player was $10m (about £6m at the current exchange rate) for a teenage Jozy Altidore and for a 27 year old Donovan I would expect that to be the absolute highest fee that MLS could demand.

Not that we'd need to put down £6m to start with. MLS has shown their hand on the matter and would doubtlessly accept a loan with intent to buy.

His two previous moves to Europe did not work out quite as well but it's not as if he's gotten five chances in every major European league like Mido has. Rather, his first European move was one to Leverkusen as a teenager where he did not get much of a chance in the first team, did not settle in Germany and wanted to return to the USA.

His second move was a recent loan to Bayern where he likewise did not get much of a chance in the first team and the club elected not to sign him permanently, citing a desire to invest in younger players instead.

He's stated that he wants to play in the Premier League.

Wigan looks like one of the most ideal places for him to move to, it seems to be a much more low-pressure footballing environment than most other places in Europe, a factor which has contributed to the success of other players such as Bramble, while still offering a very high quality of football as we showed last year.

In addition, the native language is English, which is something that should really not be discounted for an American footballer moving to Europe.

Additionally, he wouldn't walk into the team by any means but if he put in the effort he would more than likely get consistent first-team football. That's something he's yet to be given in Europe.

Easiest work permit in the world, 115 caps at 27 and he scores for fun for club and country.

If we do manage to bring him in, think about the line-up that starts to take shape with his arrival. I'm thinking something like:

N'Zogbia Koumas Donovan
Cattermole Thomas
Figueroa Bramble Boyce Melchiot

That is an absolutely mouth-watering amount of sheer talent at attacking mid and the d-mids, if Thomas plays to the potential we've heard about aren't exactly bad either. If these guys gel under Martinez' system we could end up with a midfield that any team in Europe would be jealous of.

It would be a brilliant business move (as well as a very low-risk one if it's on a season-long loan). Sheer population numbers mean that there's a lot of marketing potential in the states, and buying the US' best player would be a hell of a way to put the Latics on the map.

If we're going to play with one striker we'll need goals from other places and Donovan has a career scoring record of about a goal every two games for club and country, despite rarely playing as an out-and-out striker.

So yeah, looks like a decent chance to take, doesn't it?

By Fly Eagles Fly

Vital Latics re-design is now complete and to celebrate our new look we have spurred no expense, seriously, in bringing you a free to enter competition, though it is for Vital members only, with the winning prize the fantastic 'Book of Football Quotations` by Phil Shaw.

Sunday Telegraph
'Truly a must ... it can make you laugh or cry`

The book is jam packed full of, yep you guessed it quotations about football and the personalities from down the years and makes for good easy reading and it is a great coffee table companion.

Amazon Review

To win a copy simply email us here at Vital Latics and mark the subject Book Comp, leave your name, address to post the book to if you win, your Vital username, if you`re not a member then sign up now , and the answer to the following:

Paul Jewell famously remarked 'Going forward we looked like world beaters, but at the back, we looked like ______ _____'

a) Egg beaters
b) Panel beaters
c) Meat eaters
d) Pie Eaters

Enter by clicking here

Good luck

The winner will be the first correct entry chosen out of the 'hat' following the competition closing date

Competition closing date 5pm July 31st 2009

Bookmark and Share

You can listen to the Latics Speyk podcasts now by clicking on the player here:

[br]Powered by

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

For the very latest Premier League odds

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

Writer:Fly Eagles Fly
Date:Thursday July 23 2009
Time: 6:58PM


He looks a good player and I think he's a bit of a cult hero in the US so would get the club a lot of exposure especially with ESPN'sinvolvement in the Premier League...yep I'd go for it on a purely commercial basis
23/07/2009 19:05:00
Hello, my name is frank and i am a five year wigan fan. I am new to this site. I am American and I think that this would be a huge buy. Landon is a huge part of the national team. He is a very good player and would be an excellent buy. Every makes fun of me for supporting wigan cause people are stupid and only like man u. So go wigan and i will be commenting on more blogs soon thanks Vital
24/07/2009 02:59:00
it is a risk we would take
24/07/2009 09:28:00
It would be a smart business decision, as well providing a productive player. Many folks here in the US are open to becoming Wigan fans, they just need a reason to focus on the club.
Scot Lane
24/07/2009 15:24:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

PWU Latics Podcast - Muddy Water Blues

The pitch! What on earth was going on, we were set to be renamed the Muddy Water Blues until David Sharpe stepped in and ordered a re-lay.

Meet The Ref - Latics v Oldham - Nigel Miller

The 'Battle of the Latics' on Saturday when Oldham visit the DW Stadium will be refereed by County Durham's very own Nigel Miller

Max Power PFA Fan's Player Of The Month - Maximus!

Max Power has been voted the PFA Fan's Sky Bet League 1 player of the month for January.

Muddy Water Blues - Time For A New Pitch At The DW

A new pitch is being laid ahead of Saturday's home clash with Oldham Athletic

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
Adam Convery
Frank Ford
Noel Wards Leg

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Sheffield United
Suggested By: Jimmy Crankie
Jussi Jääskeläinen4%
Donervon Daniels2%
Craig Morgan2%
Jason Pearce5%
Chris McCann2%
David Perkins7%
Sam Morsy20%
Max Power2%
Yanic Wildschut52%
Conor McAleny2%
Will Grigg2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burton 29 19 3 7 60 16
2 Walsall 29 16 8 5 56 17
3 Wigan 30 15 10 5 55 21
4 Gillingham 30 16 7 7 55 19
5 Coventry 30 13 10 7 49 16
6 Millwall 29 14 5 10 47 9
7 Southend 29 13 8 8 47 6
8 Peterborough 29 13 5 11 44 13
9 Port Vale 31 12 8 11 44 -1
10 Barnsley 29 13 3 13 42 6
11 Sheff Utd 29 11 9 9 42 4
12 Bradford 28 11 8 9 41 -3
13 Scunthorpe 28 11 5 12 38 -4
14 Rochdale 28 10 7 11 37 -2
15 Bury 28 10 7 11 37 -7
16 Doncaster 29 9 9 11 36 -4
17 Swindon 30 10 6 14 36 -5
18 Blackpool 29 9 6 14 33 -7
19 Chesterfield 29 9 3 17 30 -11
20 Shrewsbury 30 8 6 16 30 -15
21 Fleetwood 28 7 8 13 29 -3
22 Crewe 29 6 8 15 26 -20
23 Oldham 27 4 12 11 24 -13
24 Colchester 29 5 7 17 22 -32
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Oldham Athletic (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Walsall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Bury (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Peterborough United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Colchester United (a)
Sky Bet League One

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

5.Noel Wards Leg60