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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.

Stoke City & Celtic in a battle for Huddersfield Town defender

Stoke and Celtic are both interested in signing Huddersfield defender Tommy Smith. Smith has been at The Terriers for six years, making 200 appearances.

Smith captained the club, before handing the armband to Christian Schindler last season. He has significant competition at The John Smith’s stadium from Flo Hadergjonaj and highly-rated prospect Demeaco Duhaney, another product of Manchester City currently at Huddersfield.

With Smith only making 6 starts last campaign, he may be looking to further his career and secure first-team football. Celtic boss Neil Lennon is looking to strengthen his side ahead of another SPL campaign, Smith offers that leadership and stability that Celtic will be searching for.

While Stoke is also being credited with an interest. After a poor first season in the Championship, Nathan Jones is working hard to completely revamp The Potters. Stoke have already signed six players this summer, including Adam Davies (Barnsley), Nick Powell (Wigan) and Lee Gregory (Millwall) as they look to build a side capable of gaining promotion next season.

I would be hugely surprised if Huddersfield opted to cash-in on Smith. He’s the type of player you need to be successful in the Championship. A tough, hard-working defender that will give 100% in every game. Maybe Jan Siewert will look to follow the Norwich blueprint in building a young, quality footballing side. It’s a huge risk, you need to find that balance between experience and quality. Smith has a wealth of experience, and I’m assuming is a big player around the dressing room at Huddersfield.

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.

‘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…

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.

THE LOWDOWN: Man United Linked with Another Championship Youngster, Stoke’s Nathan Collins – Could He Cut It at Old Trafford

Ahead of what will hopefully be a busy summer window for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks eager to bolster his side with young talent.

Recommended by Darren Fletcher, United look set to make a move for 18-year-old Irishman and Stoke City centre half Nathan Collins. With the terrible performances of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling of late, it seems apparent another centre back is necessary.

Still failing to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand so many seasons on, United have been left with a void at the back. With Victor Lindelof showing signs of promise, Solskjaer is desperate for a fixed term partnership at the back. Therefore, what the manager can learn from his predecessors’ mistakes, is that to not sign short term players for long term problems.

At just 18-years-old, the Irish defender Collins has shown great potential during his time at the Potters. Although perhaps he may not be just ready to play week in week out at United at the moment, signing young talent will certainly be a step in the right direction for the Red Devils, as they look to build a solid foundation for the future.

Perhaps Collins could be the first signing of what will be the rebuild of an ageing and lacklustre Man United team. With Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and others making their moves into the first-team, Solskjaer looks apparent to favour youth. With an unmotivated team that should be ripped apart this transfer window, hungry youngsters like Collins will have the opportunity to prove themselves on the big stage and hopefully re-ignite the United Way.

Man United fans are you excited at the news of Nathan Collins possibly arriving?