‘Give Lang a start!’ Wigan Athletic’s 11 should look like this ahead of their friendly with Bradford City
Wigan Athletic travel to Bradford City on Saturday, for a pre-season friendly, before they play host to Premier League sides Burnley and Everton.
Dan from The Football Manc Cave predicts what Paul Cook’s side may look like on Saturday, as they continue their preparations ahead of their season opener vs Cardiff on August 3rd.
Kicking off with David Marshall in goal, the more game-time he can get in pre-season the better because he’ll be number one next season. Let’s welcome Antonee Robinson back with a start, while Nathan Byrne will adopt his regular right-back spot. Danny Fox missed the final two games of last season through injury, so it’s important to play him, and form a partnership with Cedric Kipre in case Cook doesn’t sign the centre half he’s chasing.
Captain Sam Morsy got a well-deserved break after not being picked in Egypt’s African Cup of Nations squad, he’ll be raring to go. Chris Merrie is a highly-rated youngster, he could be in for some game-time next campaign, let’s see what he’s got against League Two opposition.
Similarly, Lopes has bags of potential, and will likely be loaned out if Jamal Lowe completes his move, however, I feel he deserves a chance to express himself. Lee Evans performed well in the ‘number 10’ role at the end of last season, he may well be needed next year too. Michael Jacobs was injured for a large part of last season, it’s vital he fully participated in pre-season and is 100% fit for the opener vs Cardiff.
Finally, Callum Lang is one of two strikers at the club. We know what we’ll get from Joe Garner. Lang has never played in a league game, maybe next season is his time? Let him loose.