The forgotten man: The rebirth of Wigan flop Andy Delort

Andy Delort is a name most Wigan Athletic fans will probably have wiped from their memory by now.

But in 2014 a bright eyed and bushy-tailed 22-year-old arrived in Lancashire for his big unveiling at the Championship club.

Delort had a steely look in his eyes, a man ready to shoot his new club towards the top flight.

He had plundered 24 goals in 38 appearances for Tours in Ligue 2 and looked ready for big things.

But after no goals and eleven forgettable appearances for the Latics, his Premier League dream was over before it had even began.

He has since gone from France to Mexico and back again in attempt to re-capture his form.

It’s only now, four years after being plucked from the French second division in 2014, that he may have found a home.

A French revival

The 27-year-old’s loan at Montpellier may just be temporary for now, but there’s a permanence and decisiveness about his game.

Delort is the focal point in a three-pronged attack that has netted 14 goals between them in the league.

Two goals against Rennes last weekend took his tally to seven in his last eight games.

His goals have fired Montpellier to third-place – within a single point of second-place Lyon.

If Ligue 1 ended now this would be the highest the club have finished since their 2011-12 title win.

The likes of Marseille, Nice and to a larger extent AS Monaco have failed to live up to expectation this season.

It’s given Montpellier the opportunity to crash the party.

But crucially it’s breathed new life into a man that was ripped from his happy place.

The penalty box.

Delort now looks more at home back in France and showing Europe, that once fresh faced 22-year-old was more than another foreign flop.

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