Birmingham City - 5.5 million = Four Goals?
UK time is: 10:58:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

5.5 million = Four Goals?

Well it's signed, sealed, done and dusted. After finally getting round to actually making a bid, Heskey has signed for Wigan for a whopping 5.5 million.

I doubt many fans will be complaining with that!

The 28 year old, misfiring former England international has signed a 3 year contract with the Latics.

Manager Paul Jewell was positively glowing at the capture of Heskey, whether he feels that way come Christmas is anyone's guess.

'This is a major coup for Wigan Athletic. I have said all along I want to bring real quality performers into this club, and Emile fits into that category.

'he is the most high profile signing this club has ever made, but I've not brought him for his reputation, I've brought him because I know what he can do on a football field.

'He's played over 300 Premiership games, was a mainstay in the Liverpool and England attack for several seasons and has played and scored in both the World Cup and the UEFA Cup.

'I can understand Steve Bruce not wanting to sell him because he has been a big player for him.

'But I expect Emile to make a major impact at Wigan because he has the talent, drive and attitude to fit into the team and play a major part in our development. Of that I am convinced.

'We have been monitoring the situation for a long time as regards his availability, and there were naturally several other clubs interested in a player of his quality.

'It speaks volumes about how far we have come as a club that we have beaten established Premiership clubs to net a player of his stature, just as he has reached his prime.'

Can't argue with most of what he says, we all know Emile has the talent and could've, should've been an amazing player. For 5.5 million Bruce would've been lynched if he hadn't sold him, especially given his impact at Birmingham so far. I can only summise Jewell was talking about his height and weight in terms of stature and being a big player.

I'm also not sure about Heskey coming into his peak, I think he had his peak when playing for Leicester and seems to have gone slowly downhill ever since really.

Oh well we wish him luck, it would be horrifying if he didn't beat last seasons goal tally this season afterall.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 7 2006

Time: 8:08PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
You must be rubbing your hands all the way to the bank.
Report Abuse
07/07/2006 21:54:00

i bet they are laughing all the way to the bank on that 1!
Report Abuse
08/07/2006 00:52:00

One of the best pieces of business ever done! congratulations!!!
Trig the yid
Report Abuse
08/07/2006 10:13:00

Cracking bit of business by Birmingham, they could buy better than him from the non league for free!!!!!!!!!!
Report Abuse
08/07/2006 16:54:00

Worst striker in the Prem, total underachiever.
Report Abuse
09/07/2006 10:10:00

Who had the final decision to sign Heskey? The Wigan scout, or his guide dog? Steve Bruce would make an excellent second hand car salesman; Punter- "4 goals a season! I'm not sure?", Bruce-" don't worry guv, they all do that", Punter - "wrap it, I'll take it!"
Report Abuse
09/07/2006 10:47:00

Got to be happy with that, Wigan the Wise just made a terrible mistake, he just made a major impact at Wigan, well if you call shelling out 5.5m for an over rated flop an impact.
Report Abuse
10/07/2006 05:27:00

The Deal of the Century, Wigan could of went down the farmers market and bought 100,000 donkeys for 5 million instead of just the one, Alan Sugar will be on the phone to Bruce to see if he fancys being his apprentice.
Report Abuse
10/07/2006 16:41:00

best deal we have ever done but i have a feeling he wil do good at wigan.
Report Abuse
17/07/2006 23:40:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Archived Birmingham City Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Derby County 18 10 6 2 15 36
4. Hull City 18 10 5 3 16 35
5. Burnley 18 9 7 2 9 34
6. Birmingham 18 8 4 6 5 28
7. Ipswich 18 7 7 4 3 28
8. Sheff Wed 18 7 7 4 3 28
9. Reading 18 7 6 5 5 27

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

RUFC - Quick Championship Round-Up
Rotherham : 01/12/2015 08:50:00
March In Team Of The Week
Brighton : 01/12/2015 08:45:01
Butterfield In Team Of The Week
Derby County : 01/12/2015 08:44:00
Jackett continues to be linked to QPR job
Wolves : 01/12/2015 08:43:01
League Cup Preview - Manchester City v Hull
Hull City : 01/12/2015 07:46:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

What do you want to see more of on Vital Birmingham?
Suggested By:  Tom Heslop
Opinion articles 40%
Official news 21%
Match details 26%
Post match reactions 13%