Liverpool youngster Cameron Brannagan looks to be off to Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan. As of this weekend, the neat and tidy midfielder will be spending his days training with the Championship side and his weekends expecting plenty of minutes out on the pitch. Liverpool has successfully included a “75 percent” clause into the loan agreement which stipulates that Wigan commit to using Brannagan on the regular or be penalized financially.
Wigan had been hoping to grab hold of Brannagan for £1m but the Liverpool academy starlet has roused enough delight in Jürgen Klopp to be considered a player for the future and is not for sale.
Brannagan will be enthusiastic about a move to the Championship considering he has spoken recently of a desire to play regular, high-level football in service of his continuing development.
“If I’m not going to get regular game time here,” he said, speaking to the Liverpool Echo, “I’d love the experience of what it’s like because that’s something I’ve not done before.”
“It would be good for me as a young lad to experience men’s football on a regular basis so I’d like to do it soon.”
This is a young player who has come up through the Liverpool youth set-up starting at the age of five. He managed to work himself into the first team. And he managed to impress Klopp both in training and on match days, strutting his stuff in nine showings last season and participating in nearly every preseason friendly this summer.
“It’s a big jump from playing in the under-21s to the Premier League with how quick the tempo is.
“Going out on loan, playing Championship football against men would be good experience for me. I’d like to do that.”
Wigan’s season begins this Saturday but the business won’t be done in time for Brannagan to feature. But, it’s clear that the young, midfield man will be chomping at the bit to play and improve over the course of this coming season.