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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.

To-Do List: Wigan Athletic must do these 2 things before the start of the season

Wigan Athletic welcome recently relegated Cardiff City to the DW Stadium on 3rd August. In their opening game of the 2019/20 Championship campaign.

It’ll be a new look Wigan team that takes to the field, with four starters from last season already leaving the club. Loanees Christian Walton, Antonee Robinson and Reece James returned to their home clubs, while Nick Powell signed for Stoke on a free transfer.

So, Latics boss Paul Cook has an important few weeks to build a side that will be ready to take on the rest of the Championship. I look at a couple of things that Wigan MUST do before 3rd August…

Sign a left-back

At the moment, we haven’t got a left-back on the books. I’m not classing Kal Naismith as one, because he’s not a defender. The former Pompey man struggled when asked to fill in the void last season. However when playing midfield he was very good, and it was evident that’s his primary position. Fans unfairly judged him, when playing out of position. Whether we sign Robinson on a permanent deal from Everton or sign somebody else, it remains to be seen – just sign a left-back please, Cook.

Trust Windass or sign a Powell replacement

In the 4-2-3-1 formation, the most important position is the role behind the striker. You need an influential player who can score/create goals, add to the fact Powell was our most talented player. I’d like to see Windass given an opportunity in his favoured position, he divides opinion within our fan base, I understand why. However, just give him a chance this season – now Powell is gone, let’s what he’s really about and if he can step-up. If Cook doesn’t think he’s up to replacing Powell, we must sign a quality replacement. Otherwise, we simply won’t score enough goals.

3-point plan for Wigan Athletic to have a successful season

I classed last season as a success for Wigan, finishing 18th and 12 points clear of relegation. Considering the last twice we’ve been in the Championship, we were relegated.

So, what’s the aim next season? To build on that and push towards mid-table would be ideal. Although, we’ve already lost four key players ahead of the next campaign, so I’m expecting another relegation scrap. We won’t get promoted, so avoid the bottom three and I’ll be fairly happy. It’s going to take a good few years for us to build a squad capable of pushing for playoffs.

What three things must we do over the summer to ensure we improve last season…

Sign a goal scorer

Without goals, you don’t win games. To think we avoided relegation last season pretty comfortably, and our top scorers had just eight goals, shows two things: A:) We don’t have a quality striker. B:) Our midfielders score a solid amount of goals. I’d like that luxury of going into a game thinking ‘he’ll score one or two today’ however we simply don’t. I felt we dominated a lot of home games last season, not picking up the points we deserved, sign a goal scorer and that could soon change.

Pick a number one goalkeeper

Without Christian Walton, we don’t have a number one ‘keeper. Paul Cook doesn’t seem to have maximum faith in Jamie Jones, who didn’t really grasp his opportunity last season. Maybe it’s time to give Owen Evans a chance? He’s just signed a new contract, when he could’ve easily gone elsewhere for first-team football, Evans has shown loyalty to Wigan and wants to fight for his place. Why not see what he’s got. I like a ‘keeper to be commanding and a leader from the back, could Evans be that man?

Build the team around Sam Morsy

There’s been rumours flying around that a number of Championship clubs want Morsy. We can’t sell him, whatever the fee. He is the heartbeat of this club. Captain, a leader, build your team around him for years. Morsy is that player that sets the tone for us, although he’s not a great footballer, the Egyptian hunts and fights for every ball, then the rest follow. Morsy has worked with Cook for the majority of his career, so I don’t see him leaving. We’ve already lost Walton, Robinson, James and Powell, it’s going to be hard enough replacing them, don’t make the job harder by selling Morsy too.

Two potential Wigan Athletic replacements for Nick Powell

It’s official, Nick Powell is a Stoke City player. It took me 10 minutes to write that. Anyway, we have to move on, he’s gone, signing a replacement is the priority and must be a good one.

Powell has been massively influential for us this past two seasons. In League One, he was just on another level, scoring 15 goals and assisting at least 100, while looking as if he was playing a training game.

Last season didn’t quite go to plan. Injury basically ruined his chance of him running the league. Coincidentally, his best performance last campaign was arguably at Stoke in September, I wonder if they scouted him then?

Powell lives in Crewe, near Stoke, and they’re a club looking to be promoted within the next couple of years. It was a no brainer, I never expected him to stay at Latics. Be happy it happened, not sad that’s it over (he says while wiping the tears away).

So, who can fill his void…

Henri Lansbury

Lansbury is a player I’ve rated since his Forest days. He’s one of the players that always seems to score a screamer, you catch them when your half asleep watching Quest highlights at 23:45 while tucking into your kebab and a final can of lager. Or is it just me that does that? Back on topic, he’s a goal scoring midfielder and very unlikely to stay at Villa, given their promotion.

Also, Lansbury has experience of winning promotion and season-defining matches (I’m thinking for when we’re in League One in a couple of years time). Powell will be a huge miss, as he would be for most Championship sides, we can’t dwell on it for too long. The club did everything to keep him, sign a quality replacement and a few of us will forgive you. One or two.

Lewis Baker

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Get Lampard on the phone next week and ask for a Reece James equivalent. Lewis Baker would do. A player that possesses the ability to turn a game on its head (as Powell used to, I promise that’s the last time I’ll mention him) and is on the back of a successful loan spell at Reading.

Baker has significant experience in the EFL now after spells at MK Dons, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Reading in recent years. We can’t afford to take a gamble on someone like Ben Woodburn to replace Powell, if it failed, we would really struggle. Baker would almost guarantee us goals from midfield and create plenty of chances.

Bradford City have signed Wigan’s Athletic James Vaughan, here are 2 replacements for him

Bradford have signed James Vaughan on a three-year deal, following his release from Wigan.

A very good signing in League Two, and a one that could push The Bantams towards promotion. I expected a number of League One clubs to be chasing the striker, he’ll be a force in the league below, without a doubt.

With Vaughan and Powell both leaving, it leaves Paul Cook with just two striker options, Callum Lang and Joe Garner. The Latics manager will be looking to sign a few forwards to ensure goals are guaranteed next season.

I look at two strikers that we could potentially poach this summer…

Lucas Joao

Open the war chest IEC, he’ll only be £10 million. Use the Powell money. In all seriousness, Joao is a player I’ve always rated very highly and doesn’t get the recognition or game time he deserves. Straight away from looking at his stats from last season, he scored 10 goals in 31 appearances. They’re not ground-breaking, however, our top scorers last season scored eight goals.

If the Portuguese striker had a run of games in a team that provided him quality service, both of which he’d get at Wigan, I believe he could score 15+ goals in a season, which would be enough if the wingers chipped in as they did last season. Cook will be on the hunt for a goal-scoring target man this summer. Whether he has the funds to buy one is the sticking point, so alternatively I suspect he’ll settle for a loan signing.

Joao is right down the pecking order at Sheffield Wednesday, why not make a move? DO IT COOKIE.

Frazier Campbell

Split opinion? Yes. Realistic? Yes.

Any fan suggesting strikers that are valued at anything over £3 million are in dreamland. We might spend that this summer, certainly not on one player though. There were a few strikers I suspected Wigan would go for this summer, Conor Washington, Lee Gregory and Fraizer Campbell. All free transfers, but all got a history of scoring goals. Gregory has since agreed a deal at Stoke.

Our top scorers last season, Nick Powell and Joe Garner, managed just eight goals, Campbell scored 14 at Hull. It would be madness to not offer him a contract, in my opinion.

He’s 32 so obviously, there’s no resale value, and he will probably be at his best for another year or two. However, proven strikers at good ages simply cost too much in 2019. Wigan needs to buy players for the short-term and try to find two or three young gems a season, from further down the EFL.

It’s been successful in the past, Che Adams and Ollie Watkins are just two examples. Sign him up Cookie, he’s for nowt.

‘Right through Powell’s legs skipper’ Wigan Athletic fans reaction to drawing Stoke City in the Carabao cup

Wigan will host Stoke in the first round of the Carabao Cup, hardly an inspiring tie.

Although, the draw was done in Morrison’s, so it’s slightly better. One interesting thing that could from the game, Nick Powell vs Wigan…I predict yellow cards.

The tie will take place in the week commencing Monday 12th August.

Lets see if Wigan fans are excited to play Stoke…

INTERESTED: What would MK Dons striker Chuks Aneke bring to Wigan Athletic

Wigan are interested in signing MK Dons striker Chuks Aneke, with the striker expected to leave on a free. The Dons have offered the Englishman a new contract, however, with a host of Championship clubs chasing his signature, it’s likely he’ll be making the step-up next season. 

Aneke was a pivotal part of a side that won promotion from League Two, scoring 17 league goals. Paul Tisdale will be fighting hard to keep his talisman, nevertheless, the lure of playing football in the Championship will surely be too much.

Paul Cook will be looking for a striker now Leon Clarke has returned to Sheffield United, and Nick Powell is on the verge of joining Stoke. He is left with just Joe Garner and Callum Lang.

The Latics manager tends to play with a lone striker, who has the ability to hold the ball up and bring other attacking players into the game. A problem for us last season was the lack of pace in attack. Aneke has a good balance between physicality and speed. Although he’s six foot three and strong, the striker also has the pace to run in behind defenders, which would be a perfect match for our style of play.

Garner scored eight goals and performed well last season. He’s a constant threat to defenders because of his endeavour and movement in the box. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started the season as our number nine. However, we need variation and different options as a back-up.

Signing a young, quick striker to use off the bench, or away from home is very important for us, maybe Aneke is the man we’re targeting?

He’s for nowt, sign him up.

Is Wigan Athletic midfielder move to Stoke City, is it a good move?

Nick Powell is expected to complete a move to Stoke at the end of the month, following him rejecting a new contract offer at Wigan. The former Man United forward is in his second spell at the DW Stadium, will he regret a move away?

“Nick Powell is the next Paul Scholes” Sir Alex Ferguson’s words, not mine. His career has been plagued by injuries and poor career choices, but he’s still a top player on his day.

The 2011/12 season was when Powell’s career took off. He won every award at Crewe’s end of season awards and scored a wonder-goal in their play-off final win at Wembley. United came calling, dubbing him as a future England international.

The youngster was sent on loan to Wigan, where he set the world alight at our place. A joy to watch, made the game look so easy. Powell scored our first ever European goal against Maribor, before scoring again against Rubin Kazan. Although the highlight of that loan spell was undoubtedly the overhead kick vs Bolton, I had to get that in somewhere.

After a couple of failed loan spells at Leicester and Wolves, Powell came home, this time permanently. He suffered from injury for a majority of the season, when returning he almost kept us up single-handedly. Wigan 0-2 Barnsley 79 minutes. Powell comes on, scores a hat-trick, we win 3-2. That’s what he does.

The bloke was just different class in League One during the 2017/18 campaign, it wasn’t fair on other teams, we basically had 12 men. That season, Powell scored 15, assisted about 120 and didn’t really break a sweat. Powell > Dack by the way.

Last season was ruined by injury, again. After starting the season very well, hamstring troubles kept him out the side. Wigan managed him perfectly, only using him when we absolutely needed his magic, even subbing him off after 20/30 minutes sometimes.

Will he get that special treatment at Stoke? Hmm. He’s a god at Latics, he’ll be welcome to come back at any point. Just reject Stoke, stay at Wigan. You know it’s the right thing to do.

Right, someone pass a tissue.

Forget Signing Liverpool’s Woodburn, Wigan Athletic Need One of These Two Experienced Loanees Instead

Wigan are among a number of Championship clubs looking to sign Liverpool star Ben Woodburn on loan. The youngster spent last season at Sheffield United, but failed to play regularly at The Blades, featuring just seven times.

However, the Welsh international is very highly rated at Liverpool and seen as a future starter for the Champions League winners. Team mate Harry Wilson enjoyed a successful campaign on loan at Derby, scoring 20 goals and helping them to reach the play-off final.

Paul Cook will be desperately searching for a goal scoring attacking midfielder to replace the departing Nick Powell. The Latics boss is likely to exploit the loan market to find a replacement, due to a player of Powell’s calibre probably costing a fair few million.

If we miss out on Woodburn, I look at two other players that would be good signings for us…

Lewis Baker

After Wigan’s brilliant work with Reece James, I imagine Chelsea will offer us a few of their youth players and hope we work our magic with them again. Baker is 24, and returning to Chelsea, following a good loan spell at Reading. He is quality on the ball, scores and creates goals, exactly what we need to replace Powell. Also, he has plenty of experience in the EFL now, having played for MK Dons, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading, therefore he’s less of a risk than Woodburn.

Henri Lansbury

Lansbury is a player I’ve always admired and wanted at The Latics – could it be the time? I rate his ability to score goals from midfield, usually screamers too. He struggled to get into the Villa side last season, and will most certainly leave the newly promoted side, this summer. He’s a very good Championship player, has experience of winning promotion and season-defining matches, I believe he would be a solid acquisition for a majority of sides in this league.

Is Liverpool Youngster’s Link To Wigan Athletic a Good Move?

Wigan are interested in signing Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn on loan. The youngster is very highly rated at Melwood and looking for first-team football in the Championship next season.

The Welsh international was loaned to Sheffield United last campaign, however, featured just seven times. Nevertheless, they did win promotion and Chris Wilder is a manager that makes minimal changes to his starting 11. The Blades play direct football, and 4-4-2, which didn’t suit Woodburn who likes to play as a winger or directly behind the striker.

Harry Wilson scored 20 goals last season for Derby, also loaned out from Liverpool, showing they aren’t on their books for nothing. They are super talents and a massive part of their future. That’s a tip in itself, if Jurgen Klopp sees them as future starters, they must be pretty good. So yeah, get it done Cookie, we’ll have Woodburn, Wilson and Sadio Mane.

With Nick Powell departing, it’s looking like Josh Windass will be given an opportunity to prove his worth in the side. I’m happy with that, as long as we sign a Woodburn type player as a back-up. Signing Woodburn as a direct replacement for Powell would be a risk, considering he only played seven times last season. Powell was our most influential player, so we need his replacement to have an immediate impact and start scoring/creating goals from the off.

It wouldn’t be fair to pile all that pressure on Woodburn. Give Windass his long-awaited chance and ease the youngster into the squad. If he’s as good as Liverpool seem to think, then he’ll walk into our side. Cook is a scouser, so maybe that gives us an advantage. He was at the Champions League final, maybe he agreed a few deals with Mr Klopp over a celebratory glass of wine? Morsy’s not for sale, and too good for Liverpool.

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