Date:Sunday June 8 2014
Having attended all but two games last season, and read and heard of the man of the match awards for the Latics side on these days, I was nearly always amazed that it was usually the scorer or the 'glam' player who received this prize.
Wesolowski, however, invariably was the player who made the difference in a game. Tirelessly running down opposing players, brave in the tackle and, despite not being the tallest player in the side, out jumping most players, he gave 100% almost every game.
For Latics to lose such a player means that the engine in midfield has been removed. For every elegant pass or attack from midfield that Corey Smith made it was balanced by the honesty and graft, with skill, of Wes. For every loss of ball in attack we will now not have the holding midfield player that ensures the defence is suitably organized should the move develop further.
For Wes to win Player of the Season in 2013-14 and be offered a new contract that was not taken up potentially highlights a few scenarios behind a move to a club from a lower league than Latics:
- Money - perhaps the Shrews have funds beyond what Latics can offer. This is my belief, especially as the Shrews have already signed four other players from higher divisions. Also we have invested in a new stunning looking stand - so we may have to wait for transfer funds.
- Club potential - it is suggested that new Shrews boss Micky Mellon has outlined and committed funds to a bounce back season to League One which appealed to Wes. However, so far Latics have lost two other good players in the past few months (Tarkowski and Grounds) - which is not conducive to an ambitious club (which I am sure is not so and that Latics are merely living within their current means and will not return to the debacle of the early 2000's).
- Current squad - Johnson et al, at Latics have knowledge of the youth squad (and other key squad members) that could become the next Wes, Grounds, Tarks, etc. - hot players. Look to the recent development of Clarke-Harris for proof of talent being realized.
Whatever the reason for Wes departing I feel all true fans would wish him all the best for the future (except when facing Latics) and thank him for his truly committed displays.
Furthermore, we must trust in Mr Corney and Johno's leadership. I thoroughly enjoyed last season and I am really looking forward to 2014-15. Good football, real effort and proud of the way the team appreciated the fans getting behind them - e.g. Carlisle away.
Keep the faith and remember good football does not happen through money alone but through great teamwork and infrastructure - which I think we now have after years in the wilderness.
Written by Whittle3.
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Date:Sunday June 8 2014
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