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Chelsea’s Reece James is Certainly One To Watch Out For As Well Wigan Fans Know

Reece James certainly made an impact during his time at Wigan Athletic, with many fans, singling out the Chelsea loanee out as one of the sole reasons the Tics stayed up this season.

Even at the tender age of 19, James is attracting interest from the big fish in the Premier League. However, it seems highly unlikely the defender will be going anywhere close to a rival, with another loan move likely on the cards next season to a possible mid-table team.

Everyone at Wigan is going to sorely miss James going off the love he’s received on social media. Especially, after collecting Wigan’s player’s player of the season and player of the season awards, which was well-deserved after playing the most amount of minutes this campaign.

Cook, the Wigan boss would love another season mentoring the youngster, and you have to applaud the growth James has shown under him.

Especially making the move up north last season, many would not have taken their chances and positively help his temporary side out like James has done this season. He seems to have matured and grown, not only as a footballer but as a man – leading him to be named Captain in his final game.

James received a standing ovation in his captained final game, as he was substituted in the 90th minute against Millwall. His two goals and one assist in that final run-in, helped Wigan end up 12 points clear of the relegation zone and has given them a decent platform for next season in the Championship.

Again Wigan left it till the end of the season to show what they are made of, and more importantly, capable of. We have seen this happen many a time in the Premier League under former boss Roberto Martinez and Paul Jewell.

Maybe, James’ influence will have a lasting impression on the Wigan squad, with that sprinkle of Premier League standard giving the whole squad a lift.

Everyone will miss his strong dribbling and crossing ability, alongside his key passing. In which he assisted three times last season, which is not bad for a young defender indeed.

So, Wigan fans which player would you like on loan next season that could have the impact Reece James had last season?

Three times Wigan have Wiganed themselves

Urban Dictionary:

Wigan(verb) To do f**k all for a period of time before being saved by temporary brilliance.

E.g “I didn’t study but I Wiganed that test.”

Wigan Athletic were known in the Premier League for such feats during Roberto Martinez’ time at the club, this season under Paul Cook once again they Wiganed themselves to safety.

Two wins and two draws out of the last five games, have seen the Tics climb to 18th and nine points from safety. A remarkable turnaround, especially with them having been lurking around the bottom three in recent months.

Stunning results against Leeds and Norwich would have left fans wondering what could have been, if these levels were reached on a consistent basis for more than the last month of the season.

However, this is not the first time Wigan have done this, has we take a look at some of the Tics greatest escapes…

Wigan Athletic 2012

Wigan made their most incredible escape from relegation in 2012 under Roberto Martinez. They had a terrible start to the season, and it snowballed throughout the season, with nine games left a miracle was needed.

What followed was not just a miracle, but more of a movie script. Latics won seven out of their last nine games. beating the likes of Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal along the way.

They finished 15th and seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Wigan Athletic 2011

The Latics started the final game of the season in 19th place after hovering around the bottom three for the majority of the season after winning only seven games all season.

They had a decent run into the quarter finals of the League Cup, however the final four games became the highlight of the season – winning two and drawing two, pulling themselves out of the bottom three to finish 16th on the final day.

Wigan Athletic 2006

In Wigan’s second season, they struggled and failed to hit the highs of their first season. Having hit a little bit of a purple patch in October/November, Latics season nose dived.

On the last game of the season, Wigan needed to win to stand a chance of safety against fellow strugglers Sheffield United.

A 2-1 win ensured Premier League survival by one goal having finished level on points with the Blades

POTY Nathan Byrne Signs New Wigan Athletic Contract

Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm that Nathan Byrne has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the club, which will see him remain at the DW Stadium until the summer of 2021.

Byrne, 26, has featured 80 times in all competitions for Latics since signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2016.

A star player under the management of Paul Cook and the current North West Football Awards League One Player of the Year, Byrne was named both the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year in Latics’ record-breaking 2017-18 campaign and his manager is delighted to secure his long-term future.

“Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic,” Cook said.

“He is a popular member of the dressing room and, equally so, a player that our supporters regard highly.”

2017-18 Double Player of the Year winner commits future to Latics, signing until the summer of 2021.

  • Nathan Byrne signs new Wigan Athletic contract
  • Byrne, 26, signs two-and-a-half-year deal which sees him commit his future to Latics until the summer of 2021
  • Paul Cook: “Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic.”