Hull City have today been pipped by relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers to the loan signing of Manchester City’s Vladimir Weiss, who is regarded as such a hot prospect by the Blues that Trotters boss Owen Coyle probably had to wear oven gloves to sign the deal.
This transfer isn’t particularly shocking as, due to our straitened finances, City were apparently haggling over what proportion of the Slovak winger’s wages we could afford to pay. Presumably Bolton jumped in offering to pay full whack and therefore now have someone till the end of the season who may play a big part in their, er, relegation.
Anyway, don’t despair. Perhaps we have an exciting – and cheaper – young wingman right under our noses. According to the Manchester Evening News today, Tiger cub Will Atkinson was so impressive on loan at Rochdale that Phil Brown recalled him this week. despite Dale’s attempts to extend the deal.
The Salfordian winger scored 3 times in 8 games for the League Two table-toppers, including two in his final appearance at home to Morecambe, and attracted praise from manager Keith Hill recently in the Rochdale Observer: ‘Will Atkinson’s form has been a bonus. We took a bit of a risk bringing him in and it has paid off. He’d been out on loan at other clubs and had not been so successful, but he is in fine form here and is enjoying his football.’
In recalling Atko while he’s playing well and presumably having at least some of his wages paid by someone else, Brown must think he may need him soon. So expect to see him on the bench soon alongside Tom Cairney and hopefully, one-match wonder Liam Cooper.
As a sharpshooting right-winger, Atkinson must be worth a punt if Brown can look beyond how far Craig Fagan and Richard Garcia run on Pro Zone stats and see how many goals they actually contribute.