Wigan Athletic prepare for matches against Premier Leagues, Everton and Burnley, following their 1-1 draw vs Bradford City on Saturday. The Latics’ Championship campaign starts on Saturday 3rd August against Cardiff.
Wigan visited Valley Parade, as boss Paul Cook looks to gear up his side for another tough season. Former Latics striker scored a penalty in the first half before Anthony Pilkington levelled minutes into the second half. The Latics dominated after the break, however, couldn’t find a winner. A good run out for both sides.
Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what Cook will have to learn from the draw, ahead of their last two friendlies this week.
Anthony Pilkington will play a big part this season
Pilkington has arguably been our best player this pre-season, and I expect him to be like a new signing after having a full pre-season with us.
The attacker signed in January, and played brilliantly on his debut vs Aston Villa, showcasing his skills to assist Gary Roberts. After that, he struggled to make a real impact. Whether it was down to lack of match fitness, or just him not being on the same wavelength as our other attacking players, I’ve no doubt he’ll be much better this season. He’s got a lot of quality, scores goals, quick, versatile and has been successful in both the Premier League and Championship.
We need a striker
It’s plain and simple, the fans, staff and owners know it. We need a striker. We are trying though, which is positive news. Sam Gallagher opted to sign for Blackburn Rovers, while a move for Jordan Hugill has been agreed with West Ham United, however, there’s a dispute over wages ongoing. They are the right types, target men. Hugill struggled last season at Middlesbrough because Pulis didn’t get players around him in support. Wigan plays with three attacking midfielders behind the striker, Hugill holds the ball up and attacks the box very well. The striker would be a good signing if we can get it over the line.