Club guide: Wigan Athletic

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Title: 5,000-1 Relegation: 15-8 Sack Race: 11-2

Transfers

IN

M Boselli (Estudiantes, £6.5m) J McArthur (Hamilton, £500,000), A Alcaraz (Bruges, undisclosed), R Stam, (FC Twente, undisc), A Al-Habsi (Bolton, loan)

total spent: £7m

OUT

T Bramble (Sunderland, £1m), T Cywka (Derby, free), M Melchiot (U Salal, free), J Koumas (Cardiff, loan).

total made: £1m

Player to watch

Hugo Rodallega. Ten goals from the Colombian striker were invaluable last season.

Squad worries

Er, 79 goals conceded? Ronnie Stam and Antolin Alcaraz will have to learn the ropes fast as replacement defenders. Striker Mauro Boselli is an unknown quantity.

Manager speak

Roberto Martinez, elegant and eloquent, weathered goal-storms at Tottenham, Chelsea and elsewhere and retains the support of his chairmanDave Whelan. For now.

Story of the summer

Replaced Titus Bramble with Paraguayan World Cup star Alcaraz, much to headlines writers’ delight. A lot promised from £6.5m arrival Boselli.

Last season 16th

Stayed true to Martinez’s principles and stayed up.

This season 18th

Can the Latics really avoid the lightning twice?

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