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Wigan Atheltic’s 2 in, 2 out who could finally grab that elusive away win

Paul Cook’s Wigan squad have failed to win away so far this season. The Football Manc Cave have picked out 2 players who should be dropped and 2 who should be in the squad to help them take 3 points.

Wigan’s away form has been extremely poor. Fans are sick of Paul Cook’s excuses and are waiting for an away win.

Tomorrow, they travel to Bristol City and fans will be hoping to see some changes.

We have picked out two players who should be dropped and two who should be in the starting line up in order to try and win.

In: Joe Gelhardt

Whether the 17 year old gets started or just brought on as a sub, the teenager should definitely be given a chance.

Changing things up is something the whole team can benefit from. The teenager can work well with players like Jamal Lowe so why not give him a chance?

In: Lewis Macleod

The 25 year old is a relatively new player at the DW Stadium. He is getting some more playing time now.

However, if he could be a little more versatile, he may have more chances to start.

Out: Gavin Massey

Paul Cook has a tactic to start Massey and then bring him off in the second half. However, I believe he should do this the other way around.

Use Massey in the second half and bring him on to drive the attack. The 27 year old may benefit from that more.

Out: Jamal Lowe

I am not saying that the 25 year old should be dropped completely. However, at the start of the season, he was struggling.

He has now started to adapt to Championship football a little better. So why not use him as a substitute and completely change up the attacking line to throw other teams off?

2 in-form players for Wigan Athletic that need to play against Nottingham Forest this weekend

Wigan Athletic’s away form hasn’t been at its best recently. Even though fans are rooting for a win away from from the DW Stadium, another home game awaits them this weekend.

Wigan host Nottingham Forest this weekend as they hunt for some more points. Fans have got quite frustrated with the manager, Paul Cook but are hoping he can start to turn things around.

The Latics are currently 19th in the Championship. They will have to work hard against a second-placed Forest.

However, in order to get results, goals are needed. This is something Wigan have also struggled within some games. I’ve picked out two players who should get a game this weekend to try and help Wigan win.

Jamal Lowe

Fans are extremely happy with Lowe’s efforts. He is an exciting player who looks promising.

Although, he hasn’t scored for the Latics yet. A goal will come in time but first of all his position needs looking at.

Fans are begging Cook to assess where on the pitch is best suited for Lowe. That he can start performing to the best of his ability.

Anthony Pilkington

Pilkington replaced Jamal Lowe in the second half against Birmingham.

He then went on to score and win the game for the Latics. This is why he should get more chances.

However, he would be more effective if he had Jamal Lowe working with him. So instead of swapping them both, why not have Lowe in a position to be able to assist? It’s something to trial for a struggling Wigan side.

Forget Moore: Here’s 2 players that can fill in for Wigan Athletic striker

Wigan Athletic was dealt a double blow on Tuesday night. Another away defeat and another injury to a key player, as Kieffer Moore had to leave the field with a calf injury.

Paul Cook was searching for a striker all summer, after failing with moves for Sam Gallagher and Jordan Hugill, Latics turned their attentions to Moore, who signed in the final week of the transfer window.

The striker was Latics’ best player on Saturday vs Leeds, a real nuisance for any defence, works hard, just needs a goal or two to gain some confidence. It was more of the same at Boro, Moore causing problems but ultimately being too isolated to really impact the game.

So, another injury to join Anthony Pilkington, Josh Windass and Joe Garner. We don’t have any luck whatsoever when it comes to injuries, but who is ready to fill his void…

Callum Lang is the obvious choice, given he’s the only fit striker at the club currently. The youngster has waited patiently for his chance in a Latics shirt, we’ve not scored in four matches, so the expectations can’t be set too high. Lang is a natural finisher, he’s proved that in his loan spells at Oldham. With Joe Garner and Josh Windass both injured, Lang is the natural replacement.

Jamal Lowe played well on the wing vs Middlesbrough. He’s played through the middle a few times in his career and scored 17 goals last season for Portsmouth. Perhaps Cook will give him a chance to spearhead the attack, with Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey playing either side of him.

Whoever plays, can we just score a goal vs QPR on Saturday, please?

If Wigan Athletic start these 3, they easily beat Stoke City

Back to the DW we go. Thank god after Saturday. It’s only a League Cup tie, however a good opportunity for players that haven’t started yet to showcase themselves for Wigan Athletic.

Wigan Athletic host Stoke City in the first round of the League Cup. Latics return home after losing 3-0 to Preston on Saturday, while Stoke City have started the season poorly, losing 3-1 to Charlton Athletic in their second league game.

So, a return for Nick Powell may be on the cards. However, let’s take a look at a few players that may start for the home side…

Jamal Lowe

This is a perfect time for Lowe to start his first Latics game. There’s little pressure on the match, of course, we’d like to win, but it’s not a competition we’re likely to win, so it’s a bit of a free hit. I felt we were crying out for a Lowe type player on Saturday, someone with pace and quality around the box. We just lacked creativity on Saturday, all too pedestrian and predictable. Let Lowe have a go, he may well earn himself a starting spot vs Leeds United on Saturday.

Callum Lang

It’s likely Lang will be loaned out again, following the arrival of Bright Enobakhare on deadline day. However, I think the youngster has earned himself an opportunity to start a competitive game for Latics. Stoke’s defence looked very poor vs Charlton, perhaps this will be an open game and a one with plenty of goal scoring opportunities. Lang is a natural finisher, what better way to start his career, than with a couple of goals on home debut.

Joe Williams

Williams arrived from Everton during this summers transfer window, with a big reputation. He’s known for his tough-tackling and hard work, we could’ve done with that on Saturday. Although Preston had an extra man in midfield, that Cook didn’t match up against, we got completely dominated. Lee Evans and Lewis McLeod aren’t defensive midfielders in my opinion, especially away from home, good footballers yes but tough midfielders that can win battles, I’m not so sure. Williams sounds better suited to them affairs, let’s give him a chance and see what he’s got.

Jamal Lowe signs for Wigan Athletic and will offer two important things

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of Jamal Lowe on a three-year deal, from Portsmouth.

The deal had dragged on for a number of weeks, however, Paul Cook has eventually been reunited with another of his former players. A huge boost just before their Championship campaign starts on Saturday against Cardiff City.

The 25-year-old was Pompey’s top scorer last season, with 17 goals in all competitions. Lowe scored in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy, before netting his penalty in the shoot-out.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what their new number nine will bring to the DW Stadium…


I thought we lacked pace last season, particularly away from home when attempting to play counter-attacking football. Michael Jacobs and Anthony Pilkington are good wide players, however, aren’t quick players that can play on the shoulder of the opposition defence.

Around the box, both are good at opening up defences, shooting from distance, Lowe offers something different. A direct, pacey forward that scores goals. I think Lowe will do very well, Cook wanted him all summer for a reason. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lowe play up front at times, play the ball in-behind and utilise his speed and finishing abilities.

The excitement in the stands

Any striker signing gets fans excited unless it’s Leon Clarke signing for Latics for what feels like the sixth time.

There’s been a bit of bite between Wigan and Portsmouth fans all summer, apparently Lowe shouldn’t leave because Pompey is a bigger club, get bigger crowds and are definitely getting promoted next season. We’ll see.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing Lowe bag the winner vs Preston on his debut. A new number nine is expected to hit the ground running and score goals, what better way to start than scoring a winner in a derby. Make it happen, Jamal. Be the new Jason Roberts.

Forget Lowe, Wigan Athletic needs to strengthen in other areas first – Agree?

According to Birmingham Mail, Jamal Lowe is set for a move to the Championship, however, his move to Wigan Athletic is stalling.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from Fratton Park all summer, after scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season, during Pompey’s unsuccessful promotion bid.

A host of Championship clubs are interested in signing the forward, including Leeds United, Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic.

The fee is believed to be around £3 million. However, according to The Sun journalist, Alan Nixon, Wigan is not prepared to pay it.

I’m not particularly surprised or disappointed by this news. The strongest position in our current squad is our wingers. We have Michael Jacobs, Anthony Pilkington, Gavin Massey, Gary Roberts and Kal Naismith. Whereas, we have two strikers, one of which has never played a senior match, and only three central midfielders.

Wigan spending smart

To spend a large amount of our transfer budget on a winger, wouldn’t make sense to me. Massey and Jacobs are about as good wingers as we’ll get, both quick, tricky, attacking wingers that will contribute with both goals and assists. Meanwhile, Pilkington, Roberts and Naismith are very capable replacements, they all done well when called upon last season.

Unfortunately, we don’t have millions to throw around. We need to buy smart, and fill voids in the squad. It’s paramount that we replace Reece James. A powerhouse midfielder is a must, to play alongside Sam Morsy. I really rate Lee Evans as a footballer, but in my opinion, he isn’t physical enough to be a defensive midfielder in the Championship.

Similarly, we need a striker. Joe Garner did well last season, and we have youngster Callum Lang hoping for an opportunity. However, a proven Championship striker that can guarantee us goals, is vital.

Lowe is a good player, and I’ve no doubt he’ll succeed in the Championship. However, Latics are already strong in this area, he shouldn’t be a priority, especially at that fee. Let’s sign a striker, central midfielder and start-up that promotion bus.

Wigan Athletic are showing the right ambition with West Ham Utd striker

According to Claret and Hugh info, Jordan Hugill has turned down a move to Wigan Athletic after failing to agree on personal terms. It’s reported that the Championship side was prepared to pay a £4 million transfer fee, however, Hugill wouldn’t accept the £18,000 a week wages offered.

Dan from The Football Manc Cave looks at whether Hugill would’ve been a good signing, and what it suggests for the future.

I think a £4 million fee is about right for him, he’s a good Championship striker. Nothing more, nothing less. Hugill was very good for Preston, a constant threat with his physicality and battling qualities, however, I doubted whether he had the footballing ability to make the step-up to the Premier League. He didn’t, and now West Ham is desperate to offload him.

The Hammers also agreed to pay £2.5 million to pay off Hugill’s contract, which is signed until 2022. The problem, he’s on £35,000 a week currently, Championship sides will offer him £20,000 tops. Maybe we’re best to keep away if he’d rather sit on the bench than play football, it certainly questions his attitude towards football.

This gives me significant hope for the rest of this summer transfer window. The fact Wigan are prepared to offer a £4 million transfer fee, and £18,000 a week wages, shows we have money to spend. Fans can’t blame the club on this one, we’ve made a very reasonable offer and he’s not interested, move on to other targets.

Jamal Lowe is expected to sign for Wigan this week, for a fee of around £3 million. The Portsmouth star is a versatile forward, who plays on either wing or behind the striker. If we sign a good quality striker, as well as Lowe, we could be in for a good season.

Wigan Athletic closing in on Portsmouth’s 24y/o winger

According to Portsmouth News, Wigan Athletic are on the verge of signing Portsmouth attacker Jamal Lowe, for a fee in the region of £3 million.

Dan from The Football Manc Cave looks at how he will benefit Wigan’s side.

Paul Cook gave the 24-year-old his first opportunity in the EFL, after signing the attacker from Non-League side Hampton and Richmond Borough in 2016.

After rarely featuring during the 2016/17 season, Lowe scored a brace at Notts County to help Pompey clinch promotion to League One. On the final day of the season, Lowe scored again in a 6-1 win over Cheltenham, which meant they won the League Two title.

Cook left that summer to join Wigan. Since then, Lowe has played a majority of games for Kenny Jackett, usually out on the right wing. This year, he scored 15 league goals and also a great goal in the Checkatrade Trophy Final vs Sunderland, which Portsmouth won on penalties.

Lowe is a very good player. A constant threat with his pace, directness and goalscoring. He deserves to be playing at a higher level, that along with the pull of working with Cook again is too much to turn down.

It’s a signing that will get the fans excited, for sure. Big money for us, so the pressure will be on him to deliver. Fair play to the owners, they’re backing Cook. Lowe is a man in demand so we must be offering him a fair whack of wages. Let’s hope he does the business and scores plenty of goals.

Wigan Athletic Should Look At These Two Players Instead of Jamal Lowe

Wigan are interested in signing Portsmouth attacker Jamal Lowe. After Pompey’s playoff disappointment, the club are bracing themselves for bids from a number of clubs for their prized players this summer.

Lowe had a successful season on a personal level, scoring 17 goals, so a potential move to the Championship may tempt him into leaving Fratton Park.

Also, Paul Cook has already signed a couple of his old Portsmouth mates, Kal Naismith and Gary Roberts, why not make it a hat-trick?

Lowe is a very good player, and I’m sure he’d do well in the Championship. He has pace, trickery and an eye for goal, all of which will bring him success in this division, however, there’s a number of things that are putting me off signing him. Should he be a priority when we’ve lost a number of players in other positions and, how much of our transfer budget would he take up. Wigan needs to prioritise this summer and, fill the void spots before they think about adding quality for competition for places purposes.

I estimate Lowe would cost upwards of £2 million and spending that on a position we are already strong in, doesn’t make sense to me. I look at two alternatives that could be signed on free transfers…

Albert Adomah

Adomah was among the eight players released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League. Although he didn’t feature a great deal last season, I still think he’s a good player at this level. He’s always been somebody I’ve enjoyed watching, purely for his directness and pace.

Wigan could do with signing a couple of quick players this summer, to help us counter-attack when playing away from home. I imagine there’ll be a number of clubs looking to secure his signature, if Wigan isn’t one of those, I’ll be very disappointed.

Yanic Wildschut

I’ve got my tin hat on. I think our fan base are completely 50/50 on whether they would want Wildschut to return. For me, it’s a no brainer. He moved to Norwich to better his career, it didn’t work out, now come home and never gamble with your future again.

No matter what your opinion on him is, you can’t deny he’s unplayable on his day and a real asset to any club. Blistering speed, physicality, end product and he’s FREE. This is a controversial statement, but I’d take him back in a heartbeat.

OPINION: Wigan Athletic Should Forget signing Portsmouth’s Jamal Lowe, Here’s Why…

Is Paul Cook about to be reunited with another one of his pals from Portsmouth?

Wigan are interested in signing attacker Jamal Lowe. Pompey lost against Sunderland in the League One play-off semi-final, therefore it is expected that Lowe will be playing his football away from Fratton Park next season, and in the Championship.

Lowe, 24, scored 17 goals last season from out wide, a very good return. I really rate him as a player – direct, quick, likes to beat a man, scores goals, but Wigan already have players that can do that, and are proven at this level. With Christian Walton (Brighton), Antonee Robinson (Everton) and Reece James (Chelsea) all returning to their parent clubs, and Nick Powell expected to join Stoke at the end of the month, replacing their departures must be a priority this summer.

The Latics are already blessed with quality wingers, Michael Jacobs, Gavin Massey, Anthony Pilkington and Gary Roberts, so in my opinion, the last position we should be spending a considerable amount of our transfer budget on is a winger. I’d rather see the cash spent on a ‘target man’ style striker, who could be assisted by the wingers mentioned.

Although Lowe is undoubtedly a talent, and would probably make the step-up to the Championship without a problem, he shouldn’t be our first signing this summer. If we had endless amounts of cash (maybe the McCarthy has become available) then yes I’d be hoping we signed him. However, a new goalkeeper, left back, central midfielder and striker should be the ultimate focus for us this transfer window.

Cook has already brought Kal Naismith and Gary Roberts to the DW Stadium from Fratton Park, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Lowe transfer happened.

A few loans each from Benfica and Chelsea, then sign Lowe, i’ll take that.