With Nick Powell on the verge of signing for Stoke City on a free transfer, Wigan manager Paul Cook is faced with the task of replacing him. However, the replacement might be a lot closer to home than he first thought – Josh Windass.
After signing for The Latics from Rangers last summer, he has failed to make a positive impact, but that’s largely down to Powell playing in his favoured position. Now Powell is leaving, it offers Windass an opportunity to nail down the ‘number 10’ spot and prove his worth in the side.
Powell suffered from a hamstring injury at the start of 2019, which allowed Windass a chance to have a proper run in the side. He absolutely delivered, scoring in three consecutive games. There’s no doubt he has the ability – always wanting the ball, loves to run at defenders and beat them, and his finishing has improved massively since he joined the club.
His attitude is questionable at times, and that’s why he splits opinion with Wigan fans but was that frustration because of the lack of first-team opportunities? Yes.
In my opinion, he should start next season playing behind the striker, give him 15 games then judge him. Windass really carried the side when Powell was out injured, taking games by the scruff of the neck and trying to win them on his own.
I expect us to sign a new striker in the summer, so hopefully, Windass can strike a good relationship with the new recruit. I believe him failing or flailing next season, could define our whole campaign. Powell has been so influential to us over the years, it’ll be interesting to see how we play without him.
Is Windass good enough to fill the void? Can he score 10+ goals from midfield? Give him the chance to fly, it’s make or break time Josh.