Wigan currently are second bottom of the Sky Bet Championship. With this in mind, here are three players that Warren Joyce could put into the starting eleven to get Wigan out of the relegation zone.
The Liverpool-born defender who came through the academy was brought into the first team squad by Gary Caldwell in pre-season. He made his first team debut against Bristol City, Luke impressed Caldwell in pre-season and Gary continued to start him against Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.
The 18-year-old can play right back or right wing-back and he captained the Wigan Athletic Under 18s team as they reached the FA Youth Cup 5th Round in 2015-16. Luke also picked up the Michael Millet award for Under 18s Player of The Year.
Luke Burke has a big future ahead of him and I feel Warren Joyce should be looking to play him more.
In July 2015, Craig Davies signed a two-year contract with Wigan Athletic after being released from Bolton. Throughout last season, he scored two goals which isn’t much but he is a more of a striker who can hold the ball up.
Davies only has one goal to his name this season which was the late goal he scored against Birmingham City. I think Joyce needs to be looking into having a mixture of inexperienced and experienced players in his starting 11 and Davies could be the answer to the latter.
Gómez returned to the Latics in the summer. Back in 2009 was when he was first signed for Wigan he impressed the Latics faithful. During his time at the club, he has played in 127 games, scoring 17 goals. On 9 March 2013, Gómez provided the cross from which Maynor Figueroa opened the scoring at Everton in the season’s FA Cup.
He helped Wigan win the FA Cup, being replaced after 81 minutes in the final by Ben Watson, who went on to score the winning goal against Man City.
Although Jordi has been getting minutes I think he starts on the bench too much and should be starting regularly, as he is a very creative player.
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