I classed last season as a success for Wigan, finishing 18th and 12 points clear of relegation. Considering the last twice we’ve been in the Championship, we were relegated.
So, what’s the aim next season? To build on that and push towards mid-table would be ideal. Although, we’ve already lost four key players ahead of the next campaign, so I’m expecting another relegation scrap. We won’t get promoted, so avoid the bottom three and I’ll be fairly happy. It’s going to take a good few years for us to build a squad capable of pushing for playoffs.
What three things must we do over the summer to ensure we improve last season…
Sign a goal scorer
Without goals, you don’t win games. To think we avoided relegation last season pretty comfortably, and our top scorers had just eight goals, shows two things: A:) We don’t have a quality striker. B:) Our midfielders score a solid amount of goals. I’d like that luxury of going into a game thinking ‘he’ll score one or two today’ however we simply don’t. I felt we dominated a lot of home games last season, not picking up the points we deserved, sign a goal scorer and that could soon change.
Pick a number one goalkeeper
Without Christian Walton, we don’t have a number one ‘keeper. Paul Cook doesn’t seem to have maximum faith in Jamie Jones, who didn’t really grasp his opportunity last season. Maybe it’s time to give Owen Evans a chance? He’s just signed a new contract, when he could’ve easily gone elsewhere for first-team football, Evans has shown loyalty to Wigan and wants to fight for his place. Why not see what he’s got. I like a ‘keeper to be commanding and a leader from the back, could Evans be that man?
Build the team around Sam Morsy
There’s been rumours flying around that a number of Championship clubs want Morsy. We can’t sell him, whatever the fee. He is the heartbeat of this club. Captain, a leader, build your team around him for years. Morsy is that player that sets the tone for us, although he’s not a great footballer, the Egyptian hunts and fights for every ball, then the rest follow. Morsy has worked with Cook for the majority of his career, so I don’t see him leaving. We’ve already lost Walton, Robinson, James and Powell, it’s going to be hard enough replacing them, don’t make the job harder by selling Morsy too.