Striker tells us more about his game after move from Eastleigh to the DW Stadium.
- Mikael Mandron discusses his move from Eastleigh to Wigan Athletic.
- Young striker says he’s a target man who looks to link up play.
- 22-year-old “buzzing” to complete the move.
Striker Mikael Mandron says he is delighted to be a Wigan Athletic player after signing from National League side Eastleigh on Transfer Deadline Day.
Mandron, 22, is a graduate of Sunderland’s academy but left the Stadium of Light for the Spitfires this summer and he says the opportunity to get back up the EFL pyramid was one he couldn’t turn down.
“I am buzzing to complete the move,” he told Latics PlayerHD. “It’s a great club and I am delighted to get the opportunity to come here – I just can’t wait to get started.
“I came through Sunderland’s academy and I played a few first team games there before being released this summer.
“I then signed for Eastleigh and it has gone really well for me there; I have enjoyed it and played a lot of games and scored goals too.”
Describing his style of play, Mandron continued:
“I am a goal-scorer and a target man, I like to play down the middle and get on the ball and play as part of the build-up and link up with other players.”
And he also feels that, after being schooled in the academy system with Sunderland, his spell in the National League has aided his progress and made him a tougher player.
“At Eastleigh, I have had to adapt to a different type of football and another league and I learnt a lot there, I was able to work on different aspects of my game and I think it will make me grow as a player,” he added.
“This is most definitely a step up but I am always looking for the next challenge and I can’t wait to play and show everyone what I can do.”
Mandron was seen by Latics boss Warren Joyce during his spell as Manchester United’s under-23s coach, and the striker believes Latics’ boss can improve him as a player.
“The manager knew me from back at Sunderland where I played against his Manchester United side a few times,” he added. “He says he’s always liked me and he sees potential in me and that, with the work we’ll do here, I will grow and get better.”