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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.

Wigan Athletic join the chase with Shrewsbury and Charlton Athletic for West Brom’s youngster

According to The Sun reporter, Tom Barclay, Wigan Athletic are among a number of clubs hoping to strike a deal for West Brom’s Sam Field before today’s deadline.

It’s reported that Shrewsbury, Charlton and Wigan have all offered to take the youngster on loan, presumably for the entirety of next season. While Latics and Barnsley have also made bids to sign the midfielder permanently, however, The Baggies are unwilling to sell. The 21-year-old is highly rated at The Hawthorns, but only made 10 appearances last year, clearly, the aim is for him to gain experience elsewhere.

Being a Wigan fan, this frightened me more than excited me. Who’s leaving, was my initial thought. We’ve already got Lee Evans, Sam Morsy, Joe Williams, Jenson Weir and Lewis Macleod battling for two midfield spots, why sign another one?

Morsy was missing from the squad on Saturday, I’ve no doubt he was injured as he’s our captain and likes to be fighting for us in the middle of the park. However, these links to Field this late in the window, do worry me a touch.

I’ve seen it before. With James McCarthy and Will Grigg. Clubs panic buy and offer ridiculous money that the club can’t turn down. I was hoping for a quiet day today, no permanent outgoings and perhaps sign a centre back. You don’t always get what you wish for.

Look, Field is a talented player and I’m sure he’ll improve and become a good player. I just question why we need him, I thought McLeod and Evans were outstanding on Saturday. Paul Cook will have Morsy and Williams banging on his door asking for a start, surely that’s enough competition for two midfield spots.

Wigan Athletic aim to replace James with Everton 22y/o

According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Wigan Athletic has made an offer to sign Everton midfielder Joe Williams.

The 22-year-old has had two successful loan spells at Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers during the past two seasons. However could be pushing for a permanent move away from Goodison Park, to secure himself a long-term contract and first-team football.

Wigan recently signed Antonee Robinson from Everton, following his impressive finish to the season at the DW Stadium. Perhaps Robinson is twisting Williams’ arm, and encouraging him to make the switch too.

Wigan need to replace James

Williams, in my opinion, is the exact type of player we need. A box-to-box midfielder that can tackle, has a good passing range and can chip in with a few goals. Replacing Reece James is nigh on impossible, but as I’ve said a number of times this summer, it’s important that we replace his attributes and find a similar style player.

Morsy breaks up play brilliantly, presses the ball and leads by example. We need to find him a regular partner, and perhaps someone more adventurous with the ball. That’s not a criticism of Morsy, he does his job very well. The Egyptian isn’t the type to dribble past players and score goals, however, his defensive work more than make up for that.

Williams could be the ‘ball-playing midfielder’ we need. The one that looks for the defence-splitting passes, has the freedom to drive on and start attacks. He certainly has that ability, watch his first-ever goal in professional football for Barnsley vs Burton. A screamer.

The midfielder has been at Everton’s academy since the age of seven and was tipped to become a star at Goodison Park. However, a couple of injuries set him back, and with The Toffees spending big money on players like Andre Gomes, it’s very difficult to see Williams ever getting into the Everton first-team.

Come to Latics, we’ll look after you.