Current Wigan Athletic squad – Best XI

It’s half-way through the season and just before the January transfer window, where we could well see a number of changes. This is Wigan’s best XI in my opinion so far this season.

Formation: 4-3-3

GK: Jussi Jaaskelainen 

The goalkeeper has come in following Adam Bogdan’s absence and has done very well so far. The 41-year-old is showing that he still has it from his Bolton days. Jaaskelainen was one of the keys to Latics’s promotion last season and has continued his good form since.

RB: Nathan Byrne 

Nathan Byrne was one of the summer signings made by Caldwell, mainly for his unbelievable pace. He has done very well at his previous clubs, Wolves and Swindon Town. Byrne is good at attacking and defending which makes him perfect for the right-back position.

CB: Jake Buxton 

The defender knows what he is doing at the back. The 31-year- old has been proven one of the best defenders in the Championship in previous years.

CB: Stephen Warnock  

The ex-Liverpool man is a very good defender. Warnock usually plays in his natural position, which is left-back, but at times, over the past two years, he has been called upon to play at centre back. He has shwn he can handle the transition very well as him and Jake Buxton have formed a very successful partnership together.

LB: Andy Kellett 

The 23- year-old has recently come back from injury and has impressed in the games he has started. Kellett worked with Warren Joyce last year at Manchester United and he used his contacts to bring him to the DW Stadium for this season. He didn’t play much for the Latics last season, due to injury and he missed the start of this season with injury too, a good player when he is injury-free.

RCM: Jordi Gomez 

The Spaniard has impressed Latics fans since his return to the club. He is one of the most creative players at Wigan, Jordi can create something out of nothing, a skill that will be very useful as the Latics battle to stay in the Championship.

CM: Max Power 

The midfielder is one of the many players who impressed last season in earning the club promotion from League One. He hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts this season but he has started to impress in recent weeks and his creativity and quality in the centre of the park have started to shine through.

LCM: David Perkins 

For this position, it was a difficult choice between Perkins and Shaun MacDonald. I chose Perkins because he is very experienced and has really good work rate. Perkins puts 100% in every single match he plays.

RW: Michael Jacobs 

The winger is very pacy and has good dribbling ability, which means that he can not only get away from defenders but he can actually do something with the ball after he has beaten them, which is exactly what you want down the wing. Michael is another player who is proven in the Championship. Jacobs has really impressed so far this season and is the club’s second top goal scorer.

ST: Will Grigg 

This is the obvious choice with Will being the club’s top goalscorer so far this season. Grigg hasn’t quite continued his electric form from last season under Caldwell but none the less, he is still weighing with some useful goals. When Joyce first came in he, wasn’t starting Will but now I think Warren sees something in him, Wigan fans certainly see something in him.

LW: Yanic Wildschut 

The Dutchman is a 100% fan favourite both this season and last. Yanic is the most creative player at the club and is very good down the left. His pace and dribbling are his main attributes. As soon as Joyce came in, he drew comparison between Wildschut and Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford. Yanic will definitely be a wanted man in the January transfer window and the Latics will be desperate to keep hold of him.


Do you agree with my opinions? Let us know your views about the current Wigan squad on Twitter @TFFWigan.

David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer

Feature Image Credit: Dan Farrimond



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