Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Wigan's Season 09/10

Wigan's Season 09/10

First off, apologies for not doing a preview for Wigan Vs. Hull. I've been very busy of late but I have managed to find some time in order to give my thoughts on the season in hand.

It has been a strangely inconsistent season for Wigan Athletic - they can beat three of the big boys and secure a fantastic away victory at Villa Park, but be brought back down to Earth with poor defeats at White Hart Lane, for example.

The first thing to do for Martinez is to get Stoijkovic off the Wigan payroll - he's not a keeper of Premier League quality. He has shown some flashes of what he's capable of and perhaps, if given more time, like dad said as I was watching the game on ESPN, we might have another Heurehlo Gomes on our hands, but for me, he needs to go.

More importantly is that we need to retain our attack - Hugo Rodallega, despite a good season, has been inconsistent, much like the team. He scored an absolute belter against Villa and some vital goals to keep us in this league. However, if he stays, I'd like to see him and how he improves as a player. He's certainly better than Heskey was but there is room for improvement from Rodallega.

Charles N'Zogbia has been a revelation and a major disappointment at times - he's one player, like Rodallega amongst others, that we need to desperately need to hold onto. He got the winner against Arsenal which sealed our safety but he has had some fine games and goals to add to this as well. A bright future for the pair lies ahead.

We do need to shore up a leaky defence though. I do think we're better than what we once were, but nevertheless, this is the area which requires the most stability. Melchiot will be off, I think. Steve Gohouri should be given a chance after an impressive showing in the games he's played in. Titus Bramble will always be the player you love to love or love to tear your hair out over, but he's a latic legend and I think the next season will see the arrival of a new right back to replace Mario Melchiot, a faithful servant, plus possibly a left back. Its not entirely clear whether Maynor Figueroa will stay but I hope he does. An 8m price tag has been slapped on his head which should test Bruce's resolve enough in order for him to dissuade him from pursuing this move.

Wigan need more goal scorers in midfield - Ben Watson can certainly score but not often enough on a premier league stage. Mo Diame has scored one goal all season and is certainly a player who is being touted by other clubs, but we need him to stay as he is a class player, but we need some more goal scorers in midfield. The arrival of Victor Moses is a good move and hopefully N'Zogbia will stay but a proven midfielder who can score on a more consistent basis would be a good step forward.

Therefore, I think we need a new goalkeeper to backup Stoijkovic, a right back and possibly a centre back and maybe a left back to replace Maynor Figueroa, should he go.

In midfield, we need a goal scorer. Ben Watson is good, but not enough on a regular basis. Hopefully this is an area where Martinez will splash the cash as our defenders can score, with the exception of poor Mario Melchiot, whose been such a great servant to the club - if this is his parting of the ways, its a shame he couldn't seal it with a goal himself. However, Paul Scharner is more or less definitely off and his assist will be his final service perhaps which got Wigan a draw which, it has to be said, barely deserved against a spirited Hull City side. Best of luck to both players should they go off to pastures new.

So a few players who can add more potent goal threat and we could be a serious force next season and lets hope Martinez's dream of acquiring European football can be achieved, but first there are a few things which need to be changed first.



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

Writer:Robin
Date:Monday May 3 2010
Time: 4:15PM

Comments

0
yeah .. well done, but just have a nice day out in london, don't bother trying against chelsea, let them win, even score a couple of OG, then it will stop old red nose from winning the title and seeing 2 "OLD GITS" neville and giggs looking happy, if that can happen...
spu 4 life
03/05/2010 16:43:00
0
its been a terrible season... at least were still in the premier league!
wigan-latics
03/05/2010 20:11:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Video Highlights - Wigan Athletic 0 Derby County 1

All the highlights from Latics home defeat to Derby County:

Dan's Big Game Report - Latics 0 Derby 1

Phew, I'm finally back at the 'office'! Please excuse the cartoon-esque marks on my clothes and scruffiness of my hair.

Also apologies for the lateness of this 'report' - I have onl

Audio - Warren Joyce On Another Home Defeat Without A Goal

Latics manager Warren Joyce speaking to the media following the 0-1 home defeat to Derby County

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Derby County

All the stats from Wigan Athletic (0) vs (1) Derby County, DW Stadium, 03/12/16 3pm Att: 12,526

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Profile
Adam Convery
no email
Profile
Frank Ford
no email
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Derby
Suggested By: Craig Davies
Jussi Jaaskelainen6%
Luke Garbutt0%
Jake Buxton19%
Craig Morgan4%
Stephen Warnock2%
Shaun MacDonald2%
David Perkins45%
Max Power10%
Jordi Gomez2%
Michael Jacobs8%
Yanic Wildschut2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Get a Grip!61
2.Thorpyness47
3.Moonay40
4.Whittleblue38
5.BrickLatic35
6.Ihaventaclue26
7.hindleymonwafc25
8.scotdave22
9.Barry W20
10.nottinghamlatic17
The Vital Football Members League