The 23-year-old attacker is Wigan Athletics’ top scorer this season
with a total of 11 goals. The stats of Callum Lang show that he is a key
player for the club in League One. But when we take a closer look at his career
path, sees that he had to come from far.
The right-footed Lang started his career at Wigan, where he made the step
from the under 18’s to the first squad. He made his professional debut and
played his first game for Wigan Athletic on 8 August 2017 in an EFL Cup
match. After his debut season, Lang did a step back. He signed for EFL
League Two side Morecambe on a season-long loan. At Morecambe, his
career started to grow steadily. The season after Morecambe he played on
loan for Oldham Athletic and finished on a total amount of 26 goals for
both clubs combined. After these loan periods, the winger continued
his steady development and kept playing on a higher level. After another
loan deal to League One side Shrewsbury Town, Lang went to Scottish
Premiership team Motherwell on a one-year loan. At Motherwell Lang
made his UEFA Europa League debut, the competition in which he scored
twice in three games.
After many loans, Wigan recalled Lang early in January 2021. And it is safe
to say they do not regret that. He went on to play 23 times in the second
half of Wigan's successful battle to avoid relegation from League One in
the 2020/21 season, scoring nine goals as they avoided relegation
to League Two with two games remaining. According to our data, Lang now
has the third best Player Level out of all the other Wigan Athletic players,
and is ready for the next step. Lang is the perfect example of a player who
keeps making the right choices to go to clubs within his reach, and where
he can grow. Instead of taking the risk making a transfer to a big club
where some players destroy their careers by not playing enough, Lang is
building on a journey that keeps going up.
In the graph below is the Player Level development compared to the average Player Level of wingers in the Premier League and the Championship. It shows that Lang's Player Level (green line) is currently above the average Player Level of wingers of his age in the Championship (brown line) and is growing to wingers in the Premier League (red line).