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Can Omar Bogle turn Wigan’s season around?

Wigan Athletic currently sit 23rd in the Championship table but with one of the Football League’s hottest properties now in their ranks, could their season be about to change?

Not many players attracted more attention in January than striker Omar Bogle. It was, however, Championship Wigan Athletic who got their hands on the in-form attacker.

24 year old Bogle has had to work to get to where he is with successful spells at both Solihull Moors and Grimsby Town. It was his form at the latter which put him on the radar of several League One and Championship clubs. 32 goals in 68 appearances at Grimsby, including 19 already this season, was enough for Wigan to fork out around £750,000 for the striker on transfer deadline day.

The club has scored just 24 goals so far this term, 17 of which have been from open play. Fans of the Lancashire based club will be hoping that Bogle can hit the ground running and prove to be the missing piece of the jigsaw in their push to avoid relegation. Last season’s cult hero, Will Grigg, has chipped in with 7 goals and sits as the side’s current topscorer but has been far from on fire like his chant suggests. After Grigg, no other player has notched up a goal tally of more than a couple.

The Lancashire side sit six points off safety in 23rd place and will need to take advantage of the one or two games they currently have in hand on the teams immediately above them. That starts tomorrow evening when the Latics host play-off pushing Norwich. It’s a game of equal importance for the teams at opposite ends of the table and with the Canaries unbeaten in their last three, it’ll prove to be a tough challenge for Bogle’s new side.

Bogle came off the bench against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night and the striker will no doubt be hungry to make his full debut for last season’s League One champions. Bagging his first goal for the club will be right at the top of Bogle’s agenda and once that first goal is out of the way, it’s impossible to say how many goals the striker’s capable of notching up for Wigan in the run in to the end of the season.

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