OK, it isn't a permanent transfer but the reported loan (see 15.02 on Saturday the 11th) of Ryo Miyaichi to Wigan has a number of implications for Wigan, Arsenal, and beyond. Let's take a quick look:
- Ryo Miyaichi - From being buried DEEP on the Arsenal bench behind Theo Walcott, Andrei Arshavin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Lukas Podolski, et al in the wide attacking spots to being either a definite starter or at least in the conversation every match at Wigan. Great move for him that increases his fantasy value significantly if he's starting regularly at a devilish bargain of 6.66.
- Victor Moses - It seems likely that Ryo's arrival signals that Wigan have finally caved to Chelsea's curious pursuit of the young winger. I know Moses is supposed to have some strong potential but it's hard to see him getting on the field more than occasionally this season. I get trying to buy early before the price goes too high but his value can only increase if he gets some matches. Will he be loaned back out after he arrives? Regardless, if this happens as expected, Moses' fantasy value plummets.
- Arsenal - Like Bolton, Wigan represent a solid training ground for Arsenal's youngsters because the style of play is similar. If he gets more than the 12 matches he got last season, it will be a great chance for Miyaichi to continue growing into a potential future spot with the Gunners.
- Wigan - Assuming it is Miyaichi in and Moses out you have to think that Wigan will take a slight dip in team talent. As much as Moses isn't a guy I see in Chelsea's starting line-up, I do see him as a better player than Miyaichi at this point in their respective careers. Given Wigan's narrow escapes from relegation the last few seasons, any regression would have to be viewed as extremely worrisome for the 3 or 4 Wigan supporters out there.
- Chelsea - Jeremy his and the @NMA_Blog Twitter followers to explain why Chelsea would want to buy Moses. If he has had any takers, I haven't seen them. There are only two explanations I can think of. First is that domestic players under a certain age are exempt from roster limitations and by bringing him in before that deadline, he is essentially a free lottery ticket whereas he would not maintain that status if they wait until he is older to buy. This assumes that they think he'll be really good at some point in the future. The other possibility is related to Financial Fair Play and a desire to start buying players earlier in their development cycle rather than assuming UEFA will back off in the face of Chelsea, City, PSG, et al continuing to buy more finished articles for much higher prices. I'm not saying either of these possibilities are correct but they make a lot more sense than the notion that Victor Moses might make a meaningful contribution to the Chelsea squad this season.