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The ball, then, is in Kyle Joseph’s court.  

We can only assume the great Joe Strummer wasn’t thinking about the future of a Wigan Athletic striker when he dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s on his iconic punk classic ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’.

But those timeless lyrics will be racing through Joseph’s mind this week. 

One of the Football League’s hottest prospects is due to become a free agent a month from now. 

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But, with Wigan offering Joseph the chance to commit his future to a club that narrowly staved off the threat of successive relegations last term, putting a new contract on the table, the 19-year-old is weighing up the pros and cons of a decision which could define his entire footballing career. 

If Joseph feels that he has outgrown the League One pond, he won’t be short of offers from clubs in comparatively calmer waters.

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The Chronicle reported a fortnight ago that Newcastle United – perhaps looking to right the wrongs of their Ivan Toney blunder – are pushing for the arrival of another EFL prospect.

Joseph, who could set the Magpies back a sizeable compensation fee in the region of £850,000, is also a target for Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers. 

A move to Parkhead would see Joseph follow in the footsteps of Moussa Dembele, another young striker who arrived from south of the border and won two league titles before leaving for Lyon in a £20 million deal. 

At Rangers, however, Steven Gerrard has demonstrated an enviable penchant for helping promising up-and-comers unlock their potential.

You can understand, then, why many a Wigan supporter is bracing themselves for a departure.

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