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17y/o Wigan Athletic star looking to make the big step up following his international break

A 17-year-old Wigan striker, Joe Gelhardt could be the next big thing. LetsHangOn.com rate him very highly and say that if he’s good enough, he’s old enough.

The Latics teenager has impressed while playing for England Under 18’s. He’s scored 3 goals in 6 games.

They now rumour that top Premier League scouts are monitoring him. With interest from Liverpool and Everton, the youngster may have some options.

However, Wigan fans will want their man to deliver for them first before he moves on.

Wigan

The youngster’s current contract at the DW Stadium expires in 2021. He’s previously scored for the Latics in a 2-2 draw against Hull. Now he could get more chances to shine.

He’s proven that he can work well with other Wigan players like Jamal Lowe. If Gelhardt was to break into the first team, he would fit in nicely next to Kieffer Moore.

Future

So far, the youngster has only made appearances after coming on as a sub. However, now that he’s proven his talent, Paul Cook could give him a chance.

The 17-year-old has already been compared to Michael Owen. Wigan should definitely make use of their man while they still have him. The more game time they give him now, the higher his value will rise.

Give them minutes: Wigan Athletic simply must give these 2 outcasts a chance to shine

Wigan Athletic has won twice in the last five matches with them currently sitting in 19th, 3 points above the bottom 3. The Latics host Nottingham Forest on Sunday at 2pm.

The Latics lost yet another away match at Sheffield Wednesday before the international break. Paul Cook is a man under pressure, however, getting something against 2nd in the Championship could ease it slightly.

After Forest, Latics have an important away game against struggling Derby County. A match they will be looking to finally get the away victory monkey off their back.

Let’s look at a couple of players that might feature more regularly in the coming weeks…

Lewis Macleod

He impressed with his ability on the ball in the opening couple of matches that he started. Joe Williams has since taken his position, and been outstanding.

In Wigan’s home games, many fans would like to them dominate the ball more, sustain attacks and really push the opposition back. Macleod is a player that keeps the game ticking, he might not play the most decisive passes all the time, but what he does is effective.

Keep feeding the ball to Lowe and Jacobs, your creative players and let them do the rest.

Cedric Kipre

Although Charlie Mulgrew and Dunkley have been good the last couple of games, starting to build a partnership and will likely start together again.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Kipre was introduced at some point, to try and stop the threat of Forest. Especially if Wigan takes the lead and are under pressure, Kipre is very good at defending balls into the box.

Leeds Utd looking to ex-Wigan Athletic loanee to secure promotion, 3 things he will bring

According to Football Insider, Leeds Utd are eyeing up one of Chelsea’s rising stars. 19-year-old Reece James is the man they want to help them with their promotion campaign.

Leeds are currently 5th in the Championship. They’re hoping they can secure promotion this season. However, there’s still a long way to go.

January will offer them the chance to bring someone new in. Reece James is apparently the man they’re after

Although he is currently a rising star in the Premier League, fans of the Championship will also recognise him. He had a loan spell with Wigan last season and made a huge impact.

In his time with the Latics, he was voted a fan and player favourite for the year. He also earned himself a spot in the Championship team of the year. But what will he offer Leeds if a deal was to go ahead?

Versatility

Known as a right-back, the teenager can also operate the right-wing. He’s also not a stranger to being used as a centre back or being put in central midfield.

This is something that is vital to a team pushing for promotion. James would offer them options in time of need.

If there was an injury or things weren’t working at all, he’s a player that can be moved around the field. However, Chelsea is also using that to their advantage. Negotiations would have to be made to get him to move.

Strengths

WhoScored.com have a long list of characteristics that compliment him.

Crossing as direct free kicks are listed as very strong attributes. Passes, long shots, dribbling and taking set pieces are also strong qualities.

These are all things that make him a great footballer. His senior debut for Frank Lampard’s side last month was against Grimsby in a cup game. He played at right-back and provided one goal and one assist in a 7-1 win. That’s the kind of player Leeds need.

Determination

As well as skill, the stats and versatility he knows what it’s like to fight for the game.

He’s worked his way up throughout Chelsea’s youth ranks. A spell at Wigan also offered him experience and now he’s impressing in the Premier League.

Leeds will have to hope that he’s ready for another loan spell.

2 out of form Wigan Athletic players that should be nowhere near the starting 11 against Notts Forest

Paul Cook will be looking for more wins home and away this season. While some Wigan Athletic players are impressing, there’s a few who need work.

Wigan’s form hasn’t been great this season so far. Especially away from home. Goals are something they are struggling to produce.

This, unfortunately, means that points are being dropped too. This is why Cook needs to analyse his squad. He needs to utilise the options he has.

Here are two players who should be dropped and made to work harder in training…

Michael Jacobs

Jacobs is struggling to adapt to the Championship. He’s returned from a hamstring injury recently but his form hasn’t improved.

When the winger first moved to the DW Stadium, he made a huge impact on the team. He helped with a fantastic League campaign and offered goals.

This is what fans want to see but aren’t getting. However, if he was rested and worked on with the coaching staff, maybe improvement would come.

Gavin Massey

It’s a very similar story for Massey to Jacobs’s. He offered a great spell with Wigan last season.

However, he’s another player to suffer injuries. He’s returned to the Championship and again, doesn’t look himself.

Some coaching like I mentioned with Jacobs could be beneficial. Sometimes a player just watching from the sidelines helps them to see what the team is lacking.

That’s something both of these players could benefit from.

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.

Wales star looking to bring the international form into Wigan Athletic

Kieffer Moore scored his first international goal for Wales this week. Wigan Today has explained that Ryan Giggs was very impressed by the striker’s efforts. Therefore, fans want to see him play to the same standard for Wigan.

Ryan Giggs described the 27-year-old as a ‘handful.’ He was very pleased with his overall performance. The game ended 1-1 with Moore’s goal being only Wales on of the night. Giggs was also happy with the striker’s end product.

Wigan fans will have noted his performance and will have high expectations of him after the international break. He only signed for the Latics in the summer but is looking promising.

Career

The striker has had an interesting career so far. He worked as a part-time lifeguard while playing non-league football in his early days. Now look, he’s scoring for Wales.

Before signing for Wigan, he was at Barnsley where he scored 21 goals in 51 appearances. He’s also had spells at Ipswich, Rotherham, Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town.

His international dreams came true when he was called up to the Wales team. He now has 2 caps under his belt and one goal.

Wigan

A three-year deal he signed upon joining Wigan. He’s already made 9 appearances. He has failed to find the back of the net as of yet but that’s something that could come in time.

Fans of the Latics are conflicted with their manager Paul Cook. Some are getting fed up and some think he deserves more time.

Maybe when performances turn around at the DW Stadium, Moore will get his chance. One thing is for sure, he will certainly be feeling motivated after that goal. He’ll also be excited to get back to the Championship.

3 things Cook will be working on in Wigan Athletic’s international break

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic fans are becoming increasingly concerned with their teams recent form. This international break will be an opportunity for Paul Cook to try and put a plan in place...

Fans that see this article will be thinking ‘trying to keep his job’ is something Cook will be trying to do. I agree. The Wigan boss hasn’t got his team producing great performances recently.

In post-match interviews, he has been making excuses regarding away form. Wigan keeps failing to win away from home. Fans are calling him out saying that’s not an excuse for the poor form.

With that in mind, I think Cook needs to take advantage of this international break. These are three things he could do to make the squad perform better…

Pressure

According to Cook, the football that his squad are playing always matches the opponents. He thinks that Wigan is only losing by margins. This simply isn’t good enough.

Most fans think it is more than that. They’ve not got a good clean sheet record and are throwing away most games right at the end. Therefore, one thing Cook can work on is pressure in training.

He should make up training plans that will exploit players who crumble under pressure. That way he can try to get them to improve. Hopefully this way, Wigan can get to 90 minutes without giving goals away.

Defence

To go alongside the previous point, defenders need to work on pressing until the very end. If these margins that Cook is talking about are fine, then it shouldn’t be too hard.

However, fans clearly disagree. The Wigan squad are going out week in, week out and are being told to keep the goal difference down. Unfortunately, Cook needs to work harder with his defence if he wants that to work.

Attack

If he can get his defence a little more solid and work on adding pressure to them so they won’t crumble, he can then work on the attack.

Wigan is not a team who are afraid to go for goal. The squad should communicate on the pitch more in order to be able to successfully attack. If they can break off oppositions chances and work collectively, goals will come.

It then that they need to work together to make sure they keep clean sheets. There’s a lot of things that he can try to work on. Fans will be listing things. However, I think most are truly fed up now. My prediction is that after this break, if there’s no improvement, Wigan will be recruiting a new manager.

Footballing rivals: Wigan Athletic’s biggest rivals and why

According to GiveMeSport Wigan Athletic’s main rivals are Bolton Wanderers. Bang on, shame we won’t play them till 2089. Followed closely in second by Preston North End, then the irrelevant ‘derby’ Blackburn Rovers.

I personally don’t believe in all this having two or three rivals, you have one derby and that’s that. For us it’s Bolton, and if you turned up to a Wigan vs Bolton matchday, you’d know why.

Preston is always a feisty affair and is more of a traditional derby that has died down over the years. While the Blackburn fixture is nothing, when Wigan and Rovers went head to head in the 2017/18 season for the League One title, there was a lot of back and forth between the two sides. Nick Powell or Bradley Dack and all that.

Anyway, a couple of my best memories from playing Bolton. My favourite has to be James McArthur netting a late winner at The Reebok, that was a massive win for us and the first time I’d seen us win there. Uwe Rosler’s first home game was special. Wigan 2-0 up cruising, only for Bolton to score two quick goals, before Callum Mcmanaman made it 3-2.

Finally, in all seriousness, we won’t be playing Bolton for a very long time. They’ll likely be relegated to League Two and we’ll be playing Championship football, if not European for the next few years. At least we beat them 5-2 in the most recent fixture, give them a good send-off.

I’m not even going to talk about the Preston games. I’m never going to Deepdale ever again. Been three times, we’ve lost 1-0, 4-0 and 3-0. Arguably the three worst Wigan performances I’ve ever seen. So we’ll leave it there.

33y/o making the difference at Wigan Athletic

In an interview with Wigan Today. Wigan Athletic captain Sam Morsy has hailed the impact of Charlie Mulgrew as ‘frightening’.

The 33-year-old was a somewhat surprising addition when signing on a season-long loan from rivals Blackburn Rovers on transfer deadline day. He was their Captain for a spell, before falling out with manager Tony Mowbray.

The Scottish international offers the typical defensive qualities that you expect – strong, physical, a leader and has formed a solid partnership with PFA player of the month Chey Dunkley already.

However, he brings that extra dimension to his game, with his superb set-pieces. Corners, free kicks or penalties, Mulgrew can do it all.

Morsy said: “It’s a new weapon that we haven’t really had in previous seasons – a set-piece specialist. Obviously we’ve played against him a few times over the years, and the delivery he has is frightening.”

“If you’re looking for someone who’s going to come in and provide so many assists and goals…he’s like a £10 million attacking midfielder.

Wigan Athletic will be hoping this break can lead them up the table, agree?

Wigan Athletic started their 2019/20 Championship campaign poorly, and indifference of results is not helping matters at the DW Stadium

Paul Cook has come under criticism from Wigan fans, following a string of results that saw them briefly drop into the relegation zone. His side has won just one of their last 25 away games in the Championship, not many managers would survive that.

However, let’s not forget Cook won the League One title with the club at first attempt. Then guided the club to safety in the Championship, something they hadn’t manage to do during their previous two attempts. So, he’s earned himself time.

Wigan spent the most they’ve ever spent in a transfer window, since the Premier League days. With that brings pressure, if a manager has better players at his disposal, fans expect better results and performances, that hasn’t quite worked out for us so far, but there’s plenty of time left in the season yet.

I said at the start of the season that mid-table would be a success, I reiterate that now and think we’ll achieve it. I’ve been critical of Cook too, but it’s because I demand and think we can be a good side. Our squad of players is good enough to finish 10th-14th in this division, without a doubt.

Last season we were outstanding at home, it’s important we continue that if we want to progress. Jamal Lowe and Kieffer Moore are playing well, I’m confident the goals will come. Hopefully, they can fire us on towards mid-table ahead of the January transfer window, then we can look to strengthen again.

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