With the transfer window eventually shut, Andrew Musgrove nominates two teams who he feels were a winner or loser this summer.
– Blackburn Rover
Jordan Rhodes is a fantastic player, an old fashioned goal scorer who is destined for the Premier League – but not this summer. Rumours were rife that the 23-year-old would leave Ewood Park in this transfer window after netting 28 goals last season and starting this campaign with four, Wigan Athletic had a record bid rejected while there were a number of top flight teams showing an interest. Gary Bowyer will be ecstatic to keep the Scotsman and his goals could quite easily be the difference between relegation and the playoffs, in what looks to be yet another tight season. Meanwhile Rovers strengthened by signing 12 players including Ben Marshall, DJ Campbell and Corry Evans.
– Wigan Athletic
They started the window so well, signing Premier League experienced players such as Grant Holt and James Perch and while they’ve managed to hold onto eccentric winger Callum McManaman the very late sale of James McCarthy has left a huge hole in the Lactics’ midfield. McCarthy who moves to Everton for a reported £13m would have been an instrumental part of Wigan’s promotion bid but the expensive price tag will mean nothing if they can’t replace him with a loan or free agent deal. Owen Coyle also saw a record bid rejected by Blackburn Rovers for Jordan Rhodes as the lack of goals upfront has become evident but did complete a loan move for Manchester United striker Nick Powell. However despite signing 12, losing McCarthy and failing to sign a prolific goal scorer adds up to a disappointing window – Marc-Antoine Fortuné and Grant Holt are simply not going to fire Wigan to promotion.