One to watch #81: Callum McManaman

Last updated : 04 March 2011 By Dan Buxton

Name: Callum McManaman

Date of Birth:  25/4/91

Position: Striker

Club:  Wigan

Previous clubs: Everton

International caps:  none

McManaman began his career at Everton, joining the youth system and
spending a total of 8 years at the clubs academy.  McManaman was not
offered a professional deal at Everton however and signed for Wigan in
2007.  During his first season at the club McManaman began to feature
in the clubs reserve team and was a regular for them by the end of the
2008/2009 season.

McManaman made his first team debut for Wigan in May 2009 against
Portsmouth, an appearance which made his Wigan’s youngest ever Premier
League player.  The most impressive thing about McManaman’s debut was
that at the time he still hadn’t signed a professional contract. That
quickly changed however when he signed his first professional contract
in July of the same year.

McManaman began this season in the first team, but following a string
of inclusions as an unused substitute manager Roberto Martinez stated
that he felt McManaman was not yet ready for Premier League football.

McManaman finally got his first appearance of the season in over 18
months against Arsenal in the Carling Cup. After which Martinez said
that he had been impressed with McManaman’s  progress and suggested
that he could be a first team regular before the end of the season.
McManaman made his first start for the club against Hull in the FA
cup, scoring on his full debut