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Michael Jacobs




Date of birth



175 cm





Skilful and pacey forward who can play on either flank or behind a striker and has twice won a League One champion’s medal.

Jacobs signed for Latics in July 2015 for an undisclosed fee from Wolverhampton Wanderers, agreeing a three-year deal until the summer of 2018.

The forward, who can play in numerous positions, completed nearly 80 matches in his first two seasons at the club and could be a real asset as Latics strive to return to the Sky Bet Championship after relegation in 2017.

His previous Sky Bet League One campaign ended with a winners’ medal when he more than played his part in Latics’ success, scoring 10 goals to finish second in the club’s scoring charts, with a ratio of one goal every three league starts.

His best moment was arguably when he finished off a great counter attack to seal the victory at Rochdale in November 2015, although he also scored good goals versus Crewe Alexandra and Bradford City, plus a very cool finish in the narrow defeat at Champions elect Newcastle United in April 2017 – although by his own admission, his return of just three league goals in 2016-17 was disappointing.

Having played 35 league games in his opening season, he only missed three league games in 2016-17, also featuring in Latics’ three cup games.

Jacobs was born in Rothwell, and spent his youth career with local club Northampton Town, making his debut still aged 17 in October 2009 in a 2-1 victory against AFC Bournemouth in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

2010/11 saw him break into the first team, making 48 appearances and scoring eight goals in all competitions, the first of which came in a 2-0 League Cup victory against Brighton & Hove Albion in August 2010.

He went on to make a total of 100 appearances in all competitions for the Cobblers, scoring 15 goals, before signing for Derby County in July 2012. He made his Rams debut in a 5-5 draw against Scunthorpe United in the League Cup, netting one of the penalties in the shoot-out although Derby lost 7-6.

He made 47 appearances for the Rams in all competitions, scoring three goals, before joining Wolves on loan in November 2014. After nine appearances and one goal, he signed at Molineux permanently in January 2014, marking his switch with five goals in six games and helping Wolves gain promotion as League One Champions.

He totalled 43 appearances at Molineux club before a loan move to Blackpool in the latter stages of 2014/15. During his time at Bloomfield Road, he played five times and scored one goal, the opener in a 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium. He made one final appearance for Wolves in April 2015 before sealing the move to Latics.