UK time is: 13:23:23
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Wigan Athletic - Bruce Set to Drop Zaki?


Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce is contemplating dropping leading scorer Amr Zaki to the bench for Saturdays game at Sunderland following the Egypt internationals lean spell in the goal scoring charts.

Zaki is yet to score from open play this year; in fact his last goal from open play came in the 2-1 defeat at Anfield when Zaki got a double against Liverpool way back on October 18th, but he is still the joint 4th leading goal scorer in the Premier League with 10 league goals.

So Bruce has a dilemma, drop his leading scorer to the bench or to persevere with him in the hope that he will come good again, the Latics boss told the Wigan Evening Post:



'Zaki just needs a goal to get him going again.

'As a manager, I have to decide how long to give it, can he get us a goal? It's a really difficult one, but I'm paid to make decisions like that.

'You'll find that if natural goal-scorers aren't scoring, they beat themselves up mentally, and a little bit of their confidence goes.

'If a goal bounces in off Zaki's backside, he would probably be capable of getting another six goals before the end of the season. We'll see how he does.

'Zaki is a bit of a one-off, he can either be on a real high or feeling really down, he needs to find an equilibrium.'


'A big problem is that Zaki hasn't scored from open play since October 18, his goals at the start of the season got us into a fantastic position.

'But when you look at the table from eighth downwards, scoring goals is a problem for a lot of teams.

'The defenders in this league are all quick, strong, big and very good, the hardest thing is finding a way past them.

'Zaki might not have scored for all these months, but he's still joint fourth highest scorer in the Premier League.

'Look at the names at the top of the leader board - Nicolas Anelka, Robinho, Ronaldo, Agbonlahor, that is how hard it is.

'As a team, we're still looking rock solid, now we need to find a bit more creativity going forward, add that to our game.

'We've got the option of Rodallega now, he's indicated in recent games that he's nearly ready to play from the start.

'He's trained with us for five or six weeks now, he can give us a little bit of spark.'


Zaki hasn`t become a bad player over night and I would keep faith in him, it will only take one goal to kick start his season again and with a bit of luck he will be able to finish the season the same way he started it, on fire


Latics Speyk Car Stickers Have Arrived

Vital Wigan are pleased to announce that the Latics Speyk car stickers have arrived anyone who wants one follow the instructions in this link

Latics and Proud



Vital Latics - Bringing you the ads




It's easy to join us at Vital Latics to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved








Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

Free 15 bet when you spend 5 on The New Football Pools

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 12 2009

Time: 11:10PM

Your Comments

It wont be a surprise if Bruce starts with Rodallega and Mido with Zaki on the bench for Saturday
worbo
It wont be a surprise if Bruce starts with Rodallega and Mido with Zaki on the bench for Saturday
worbo
Can sometimes be a good thing to take the pressure off and let him be a 'supersub' for a while. Meaning he can come on for 15-20 minutes against a tiring defence and start banging them in. Look on the bright side, if he'd kept his early season form there'd be no chance of you keeping hold of him for next season, get him signed permanently while his stock is low and he'll get it back eventually.
EvertonMike
Can sometimes be a good thing to take the pressure off and let him be a 'supersub' for a while. Meaning he can come on for 15-20 minutes against a tiring defence and start banging them in. Look on the bright side, if he'd kept his early season form there'd be no chance of you keeping hold of him for next season, get him signed permanently while his stock is low and he'll get it back eventually.
EvertonMike
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough (Saturday November 22 2014)

Latics v Boro Big Game Preview (Saturday November 22 2014)

Brentford v Latics Fixture Time Change (Thursday November 20 2014)

Malky Mackay Appointed New Latics Boss (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Have Your Say At The Latics (Tuesday November 18 2014)

A Message From Boycey To The Fans (Tuesday November 18 2014)

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Whittleblue 197
2. worbo 134
3. scotdave 127
4. russialatic 118
5. hindleymonwafc 114
6. Pauvre Jean 111
7. Jonny_SuffolkLatic 110
8. albert jckson 94
9. Oscarbon 94
10. loudmouthblue 89

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 2 Ipswich
Wigan 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Wigan 3 - 3 Fulham
Wigan 4 - 0 Birmingham
Charlton 2 - 1 Wigan
Bolton 3 - 1 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19
19. Birmingham 18 4 7 7 -14 19
20. Brighton 18 3 9 6 -3 18
21. Rotherham 18 4 6 8 -10 18
22. Wigan 18 3 8 7 -4 17
23. Bolton 17 5 2 10 -7 17
24. Blackpool 17 1 4 12 -18 7

Breaking League News

Wolves : 23/11/2014 12:57:00
Symons Quashes Hammers Interest in Burn
Fulham : 23/11/2014 12:17:00
Birmingham : 23/11/2014 11:29:00
Vital Win for Birmingham City
Birmingham : 23/11/2014 11:19:00
Rotherham : 23/11/2014 10:09:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Todays Game?
Suggested By:  Les Dawson
Latics Win 60%
Boro Win 20%
Draw 20%