Cup hero Lang extends Athletic loan stay

Date published: 07 January 2019

Just hours before they were to pull off one of the biggest upsets in recent FA Cup history, Athletic were sweating on the future of a player who would go on to become their match winner at Fulham yesterday.

Discussions were ongoing between Athletic and Wigan over the immediate future of striker Callum Lang, with the Boundary Park club hoping they could extend his stay until the end of the season.

Just in time for him to be included in the squad and, ultimately, score the winning goal at Cravern Cottage yesterday afternoon, Lang had his move confirmed.

The 20-year old will now be remaining at Boundary Park until the end of the season.

So far this campaign the forward has made 30 appearances for the club, scoring eight times in the process.

In a post on social media announcing the deal, Lang simply said: “The show goes on."

Meanwhile, as predicted by the Chronicle late last week, Athletic have now officially signed midfielder Mohamed Sylla on a one-and-a-half-year contract.

The French midfielder has been at the club for a week and has now penned a deal.

The 25-year-old previously played for French club Entente SSG in the Championnat National, making 42 appearances for them.

Speaking about the move to England, Sylla said: “I’m very pleased to be here and I hope to perform at my best for this club.

“I’ve been impressed by the fans from the game I watched against Notts County.

“They’re really passionate in their support and I can’t wait to get out there to show everybody what I can do.

“I like to be a shield in front of the defence, but I also like the role of going box-to-box, so hopefully I can contribute at both ends of the pitch.”

Sylla was an unused substitute at Fulham.

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