From non-league to Premier League, back to non-league and now getting ready for a crack at the Championship, Wigan Athletic midfield man Danny Whitehead could be ready to make his mark at the Latics.
Whitehead arrived at the DW Stadium in January from National League side Macclesfield and was immediately loaned back to the Cheshire club for the remainder of the season. The 22 year old midfielder had made a big impression at Moss Rose despite only signing in the summer of 2015, he had previously been on a short term contract with Accrington Stanley after being released by Premier League West Ham United in January 2015, he had made just one appearances for the Hammers, a 5-0 FA cup drubbing away at Nottingham Forest in the FA cup.
As a youngster, Stretford born Whitehead signed for Stockport County and he made his debut in the National Conference aged just 17, he went on to make 17 league appearances in his first season, scoring his first senior goal away at Cambridge United.
The following campaign he made 42 league appearances for County scoring five goals and this led to West Ham taking a punt on him. Unfortunately things didn’t quite work out down in East London and 18 months after moving south Whitehead returned north to Accrington.
He joined Macc last summer and had a storming season, putting in some excellent displays finishing second top scorer with six goals in 36 appearances as Macclesfield finished a respectable 10th in the table. He had the most shots for the team, 39, an incredible 38 of which were on target, hitting the woodwork with his wayward effort! He also had three assists, committed 20 fouls, picking up just one yellow card.
The competition for the central midfield birth may be intense this season at the Latics, Morsy, Perkins and Power already in situ, plus the Latics are linked and looking likely to bring in at least one more player for that position if rumours are to be believed (Alex Gilbey), but Whitehead will be up for the fight and that can only be of benefit for the Latics.
Gary Caldwell on Danny Whitehead – ”Every club is on the lookout for fresh talent and it is a case of acting fast and looking to the future with these signings.
”Like any young player, their early career can take a few twists and turns, but it’s clear Danny has potential, which we want him to start realising with us.”