Andy Delort has only played for 385 minutes for Wigan this season and the striker could be set for a move back to France in January.
Wigan Athletic has spent a lot of time in the news this week. Malky Mackay was unveiled as their new manager, while owner Dave Whelan has been charged by the FA over comments he made recently. The next story could possibly be the departure of summer signing Andy Delort
The 23-year-old centre-forward moved to Lancashire after scoring 24 goals last season for Tours FC in Ligue 2. The likes of Charlton Athletic in England, plus RC Lens, Rennes and Saint-Etienne in France’s top division were also interested and it looks like a loan move back to his home country could be on the cards in January.
Local French newspaper Midi Libre reported on Tuesday that Delort is being tracked by Ligue 1 side Montpellier. The French paper spoke to the former Ajaccio striker and he wasn’t holding back in making the interest a two-way street.
“If it’s a Ligue 1 club, yes. I played a hundred games in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, coaches know me and know that I am a player who never gives up. Montpellier is the leading club in my area, where I was born. Besides, I have great respect for the Nicollin family who have made the club an international entity.”
Louis Nicollin is the owner of Montpellier and is well respected in the Languedoc Roussillon of France. His club has lacked goals this season, with summer signing Kevin Berigaud yet to open his account for the campaign, just like Delort at Wigan.
This season, Delort has only made seven appearances with four of them from the start. In 385 minutes with the Latics. The French striker will be disappointed that the move to England hasn’t worked, Wigan is the player’s fifth club in five years.
At Tours, Delort showed that he is blessed with terrific pace and a keen eye for goal. The young player is just looking for a club that he can call home for more than one season.
If Delort continues to move from club to club, all the talent that he clearly has is only going to go to waste. Wigan is a good club for the player to learn, but you can understand why he’d want to return to familiar surrounds to get his confidence back on track.