Kell Watts was thrown straight into action for Wigan Athletic yesterday, after completing his loan move from Newcastle United.

The central defender only signed for the Latics on Monday.

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Kell Watts (Photo by Newcastle United/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

But that didn’t stop manager Leam Richardson starting him against Hull City in an EFL Cup clash last night.

Watts started as a left-sided centre-back next to Tom Naylor and played 73 minutes before being replaced by James Carragher.

It was a solid first outing for Watts, who drew some positive comments on social media for his performance.

Richardson was pleased with him too, saying (Wigan Today): “The young kid settled in excellently well. I thought he took to the task extremely well.”

It is a positive start for Watts, who many people felt was actually a tad unlucky to be loaned out.

He had caught the eye for Newcastle in pre-season, with Steve Bruce stating that he was privately very pleased with the youngster.


Having sold Florian Lejeune, some felt Watts could perhaps have made the step up.

But he’s back in League One, where he was last year with Plymouth Argyle, and hopefully he can have a really productive stint.

A positive start for Watts

It’s good to hear Watts has already made an impression for Wigan.

He could easily have struggled a bit, given he only joined the club on Monday and has had very little time with his new teammates and manager.

Kell Watts (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

To start so soon after arriving bodes well for the season. Clearly, Wigan were very keen to get him in.

Hopefully, Watts can play as much as he did for Plymouth last term. Failure to do so would be very disappointing, considering he could perhaps be in the Championship or even in Newcastle’s first-team squad.

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