Jamal Lowe’s opening stint at Wigan Athletic could have been better, agreed?

Jamal Lowe signed for Wigan Athletic this summer, a transfer that dragged on for a while due to his former club, Portsmouth, standing firm on their valuation. So, has he been worth the time and money?

It’s difficult to fully judge him yet, as he’s only started a handful of games, but I like what I see.

Lowe is a player that possesses raw pace, an eye for goal, confidence to pick the ball up and run at defenders. I like his endeavour and that he’s willing to be that X player that every team needs, constantly on the move and wanting the ball. A slight negative would be his final ball could do with some improvement, however his 17 goals last season suggests it’s a matter of time before he starts scoring.

In my opinion, it’s a criticism of Paul Cook as to why we’ve not seen the best of Lowe so far this season. We need to play football on the floor. Our biggest assets are our wingers, we’re not using them to full effect. In the past few games, we’ve reverted to lumping the ball forward to an isolated Kieffer Moore, hoping for a miracle. That won’t work in the Championship.

A change of formation for Wigan?

Our two full-backs are quick, positive players that are probably better at attacking than defending. Joe Williams and Sam Morsy can both pass a ball, Michael Jacobs and Jamal Lowe are creative wingers and we have a 6ft5 striker that wins a majority of headers. Play through the lines, double up out wide, get quality into the box, it’s not rocket science.

The way we’ve been playing, we’ve bypassed midfield and starved players like Jacobs and Lowe of the ball, which is why they aren’t having a big impact on games. That needs to change, or we’ll struggle this season.