Wigan Athletic finished 18th last season, 12 points clear of the relegation zone. That was seen as a success by most, now it’s time for the Latics to push onto mid-table.
Dan from The Football Manc Cave looks at a couple of strengths and weaknesses, that will see Wigan finishing around mid-table next campaign.
If the ‘weaknesses’ are addressed before August 3rd, who knows, they may be last season’s Sheffield United.
Latics’ defence was shored up by the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox. After a full pre-season, he can marshal our defence, possibly alongside a new centre half. Antonee Robinson and Nathan Byrne are both very good full-backs, while the signing of David Marshall offers that experience and leadership we needed.
Pace out wide
Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey missed a lot of last season through injury, they should both be fully fit and ready to run riot come August. Coupled with the potential signing of Jamal Lowe, we could have some serious pace next season. Robinson is one of the quickest full-backs in the league and will offer an attacking threat too.
Yet to sign a goalscorer
Although, Joe Garner will do a decent enough job, if we want to really progress and aim for top-half, we need a striker to score double figures. We haven’t signed one through lack of trying mind, Sam Gallagher chose Blackburn over us, understandably.
Lack of depth
We chose not to renew the contracts of a number of squad players, including; Darron Gibson, Callum Mcmanaman and Shaun MacDonald. It’s good to trim the squad and wage bill. However, we need to be prepared for injuries and suspensions, otherwise, we could be fielding teams that simply aren’t good enough for Championship football.