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The 2 Wigan wonderkids who could have a major impact on the club’s season

With Wigan finishing 18th in last season’s Championship, it’s safe to say that the Latics will be hungry for a better League campaign and a higher finish in the table going into 2019/20.

Most teams are looking elsewhere this time of year and trying to sign a few players that can improve their line up. However, Wigan’s manager, Paul Cook suggests that the Latics’ blossoming youth team is something worth shouting about. So who could make a difference in the upcoming season? 

Scott Smith

The teenage midfielder is captain of the under 18’s Wigan side. He has had a quality run with the youth team, but yet to be called up for first team responsibilities. He is making a name for himself within his squad. All it would take is for Cook to take a chance on him and have him on the bench a couple of times, therefore easing him into the first team as a substitute to start off with.

The 18-year-old has also just been named in “The 11” award, which recognises 11 young players with achievements on and off the pitch. The academy manager congratulated the youngster and said, he has “set the standard” for the next group of Under 18’s. 

Callum Lang

The 20-year-old has already been named as a first team player but has not had the chance to show Wigan fans what he is capable of. The striker started his youth at Liverpool, before moving to Wigan and was eventually called up to the first team. Afterwards, he was sent straight out on loan to Morecambe in 2017, where he managed 30 appearances and 10 goals.

When the 2018/19 season approached, he was loaned to Oldham Athletic where he worked wonders. In 42 appearances he managed 13 goals. He should be given the chance to see if he can prove himself for Wigan’s first team, especially if no one puts an offer in for him over the summer. 

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