Opinion: Danny Graham could be key

Preferably a goalscorer, as the recent game against Bolton summarised our season so far. We fail to take chances when we are dominant and top in a game, then we are ultimately punished with a sucker-punch.

In the past week several names have been linked with Wigan Athletic, strikers Ishmael Miller and Danny Graham the two that are strongly linked. Many Latics fans may be unhappy with these targets, but personally I believe Danny Graham could be a top signing.

Graham, who’s current parent club is Sunderland, has drifted in and out of loan spells at several clubs in the last few seasons, most recently Wolves. However, it’s his goalscoring records at previous clubs Carlisle United, Watford and Swansea that stood out to me.

After several loan spells early in his career, he eventually secured a permanent move to then League One side Carlisle United. Graham went on to score 40 goals in 113 appearances for the Cumbrian side.

Such form earned him a move up a division to the Championship. He signed for Watford in July 2009, when our very own Malky Mackay was the manager in the Hertfordshire. In a higher division, Graham’s form was even better, scoring 41 goals in 98 appearances for the Hornets.

The 29-year old then went on to step up another division. Proving his goalscoring credibilities in the Premier League when Brendan Rodgers signed him for newly promoted Swansea City. He scored a goal every three PL games in his debut season, 12 goals in 36 appearances.

Looking at his previous records, Graham could well be the answer to our goalscoring problems. It has been proved in the past that if he used correctly by his manager, he will get you goals at this level.

I firmly believe we have a manager who can get the best out of Danny Graham in Malky Mackay, as the pair have worked well together in the past at Watford.