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The rising career of Callum Lang

Updated: Jan 13, 2022



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).


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