Balogun: Wigan Athletic sign Nigeria and Brighton defender permanently

The Nigeria international has sealed a short-term cope with the Latics after a string of impressive performances all through his temporary stay

Championship club Wigan Athletic have announced the permanent signing of Leon Balogun from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Super Eagles defender arrived at the American Express Community Stadium in the summertime of 2018 from German Bundesliga side Mainz, signing a two-year deal.

The centre-back made his Premier League debut against Manchester United, helping the Seagulls secure a shock victory in the encounter.

The 31-year-old, however, failed to enjoy sufficient playing time with Graham Potter’s side, featuring in 12 games across all competitions.  

His lack of playing time at Brighton also limited his role in the Super Eagles team, as that he sparingly features for the three-time African champions.

In his quest for a big change of fortune, the centre-back joined the Championship club on loan in January and has since been delivering solid defensive performances.

The Super Eagles player has featured in six league games to simply help Paul Cook’s men prevent the relegation zone.

Balogun’s six-month loan deal will expire in June nevertheless the defender has been signed permanently before end of the 2019-20 campaign, which includes been extended as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus.

“Leon Balogun has completed a short-term permanent transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the 2019/20 season,” read a statement on the club web site.

The German-born player, who started his career with Hertha, has featured for a number of clubs in Germany including Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Düsseldorf, and Darmstadt 98 before teaming up with Mainz in 2015.

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The defender played 52 league games for Mainz all through his three-year stay before he moved to the Premier League in 2018.

Balogun will aspire to deliver more convincing showings for Wigan for to be able to secure a long-term cope with the DW Stadium outfit.