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Wigan Athletic hope these 2 key fixtures will turn form around

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic fans are getting increasingly frustrated with their team’s performances. Their away form is poor and the results aren’t going their way.

The Latics are currently 20th in the Championship. they sit on 15 points. However, teams below them are catching up.

Luton Town is on 14 points, Middlesbrough is just below on 13, Stoke City are on 11 points and Barnsley is at the bottom on 9 points.

Some fans are getting fed up of manager, Paul Cook. They think it’s his time to go. However, the Wigan team need to focus on each game.

Another criticism that the squad have received, is the fact that they don’t play a full 90 minutes. It’s like the team switch off too early and concede late on.

Wigan also had a poor game at the weekend. They lost 3-0 to Brentford at home and even went 1-0 down after 5 minutes. Cedric Kipre got sent off too.

In a bid to turn these performances around, there are a couple of fixtures that Wigan could take advantage of…

Stoke City away

Next Saturday, Wigan will face Stoke away. Don’t get me wrong, I am aware of Wigan’s poor away form.

I am also aware that Stoke won their last game against Barnsley, 4-2. This means they could be feeling confident ahead of their clash with Wigan.

However, Stoke City is below Wigan in the league and the Latics should take full advantage of that. If they can go ahead early, they should stand a chance of taking all three points.

Wigan Athletic away at Luton Town

On the 7th of December, Wigan will travel to Luton. Even though this is another away clash, like many fans, I hope they will be able to take advantage of the fact Luton are currently below them in the Championship.

Luton’s last win was on the 19th of October against Bristol City. Wigan needs to take advantage of that fact and try to take all 3 points.

If they don’t manage to take the maximum points from at least one of these games, I think fans will make it clear that it is time for Cook to go.

Fox and Pilkington are integral to Wigan Athletic’s season, agree?

Wigan Athletic drew 2-2 with Burnley, in a game which saw the away side dominate early proceedings before the Latics hit back. Wigan starts their Championship campaign against Cardiff City this week at the DW Stadium.

Paul Cook’s men ended their pre-season preparations on two positive performances, drawing with strong Premier League sides Everton and Burnley.

Wigan now has six days to strengthen their armour, ahead of the season starting next Saturday. Although, after a number of impressive displays from youngsters, do they need as many incomings as originally planned?

Let’s look at two things we learnt from Wigan’s final warm-up match vs Burnley…

Danny Fox is our best central defender

Bear in mind he’s vastly experienced and played at this level for many years, it’s expected. Chey Dunkley and Cedric Kipre are young, inexperienced but strong and improving defenders. The difference for me – Fox reads the game so much better. In the first half, Burnley opened us up a number of times, particularly through the movement of Jay Rodriguez, which resulted in the away side grabbing a quick 0-2 lead.

Fox was introduced after the break and we looked a completely different side. Reads the game brilliantly, strong in the air, and also a very good footballer. He starts attacks with his arrowed cross-field passes, just an underrated player.

Anthony Pilkington is pushing for a start vs Cardiff

The majority of us expected Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey to be starting on the wings next week, however, Pilkington has played himself right into contention. He scored his third goal of pre-season yesterday, a good finish following quality play from Josh Windass. The winger is playing with confidence and looks back to his best.

Also, his versatility is key. Pilkington can play across the forward line, both footed, scores goals, beats players, just all-round a good player to have in your squad. After his superb debut vs Aston Villa, I was expecting a big season from him. However, it faded out, whether it was down to lack of match fitness or just not clicking with the other forwards. Hopefully, a full pre-season has allowed him to get up to full speed and form partnerships with Windass, Jacobs and Massey. An important season coming up for Pilkington.

A fully fit Rolls Royce defender will make the difference for Wigan Athletic this season

If you think Virgil Van Dijk is good, wait till Danny Fox gets a full season under his belt. A Rolls Royce defender.

He was signed in January from Nottingham Forest for around £400,000 and was brilliant in pretty much every game he played. Not only good defensively, but also quality on the ball and starts attacks from deep. A couple of knocks cut his season short. However, with a full pre-season, he’ll be like having a new signing and we can build our team around him.

Paul Cook likes his defenders to play out from the back. In the opening months of the season, Chey Dunkley and Cedric Kipre both struggled to adapt their games to a style they clearly hadn’t played before. It wasn’t until Fox came in, then they looked different players.

He just has that experience to create space, pick the right pass, order the team to move and use the full pitch. Fox never panics or rushes a clearance, always looking to find a midfielder and build an attack. I like having a left and right-footed centre half partnership too, it’s just a lot easier to adopt that passing style because they are comfortable playing on that side of the pitch.

I imagine we’ll sign Matt Miazga or Jake Salter-Clarke from Chelsea, as they possess the ability to play out from defence, which is seemingly very important to Cook. They’ll slot alongside Fox perfectly.

Should Wigan Athletic Be Going All Out for Oldham Athletic’s Edmundson or Focus Elsewhere

George Edmundson is presumably on route to Peterborough or Rangers. Both clubs are battling for his signature, although it seems The Posh have moved ahead in the race, after reportedly having an offer accepted for the young defender.

Edmundson was named in the 2018/19 EFL League Two team of the season and, is attracting interest from a number of sides. Oldham will be hoping for an auction, to raise as much money as possible for their departing defender.

Wigan manager Paul Cook is on the hunt for a ‘ball-playing’ defender, but I think Matt Miazga will sign on loan from Chelsea, which will fill that void. The Latics signed Danny Fox in the January transfer window, who has performed brilliantly since joining from Nottingham Forest. He’s a real leader and comfortable playing out from the back. Chey Dunkley and Cedric Kipre are both young, strong defenders, but aren’t great footballers in terms of distributing the ball from the defence. Miazga would give us that physicality and ability to start attacks from the defence, that Cook is looking for.

I expect the majority of our transfer budget to be spent on a new number nine, to score us 15-20 goals, and the rest on a new midfielder to replace Reece James. Most of our signings will be frees and loans unless we sell one of our assets like Sam Morsy for a sizeable fee. A centre back isn’t an immediate priority, so I’d say it’s unlikely we’ll be joining the chase for Edmundson. Especially considering an auction will likely see the fee rise to around £1 million, Wigan could put that money towards a new striker.

Don’t get me wrong, I really rate Edmundson, and I believe he’ll be worth a lot more than £1 million in a couple of years time, so he’s a very good long-term investment. However, Wigan needs to buy players, for NOW, players that are going to impress from the off and push us up the table next season.