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Who Is The Latics Most Improved Player?

Who Is The Latics Most Improved Player?

With Wigan Athletic news at something of a lull following the frenzy of the Martinez saga, I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on last season and examine one or two areas, first off is, who was our most improved player last term?

I have set up a poll on the right side of this page for you to vote in with five candidates, which I will discuss the merits of below, my five are Franco Di Santo, Victor Moses, Jordi Gomez, Gary Caldwell and James McArthur

Franco Di Santo

What a season the young Argentine has had, leading goal scorer with seven Premier League goals, one or two claims for goal of the season in there as well, 7 goals in 24 starts also suggests that his strike rate has improved somewhat, but his all round game and overall contribution this season has been fantastic, leading the line superbly, especially in the final third of the season, a great contribution to what was a memorable run-in

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Victor Moses

This season has seen Moses start to realise his potential, he featured in every Premier League game for the Latics making 36 starts, considering that he is still only 21 and obviously lacking in experience this is a great stat. Moses finished the season with six Premier League goals and like Di Santo there were one or two special ones in the mix

Undoubtedly talented with bags of pace, Moses needed to learn to be a team player this season, as the games wore on this element most definitely improved and he also played his part in the fantastic end to the season

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Jordi Gomez

Gomez finished the season with a respectable 5 Premier League goals from 24 starts, his form improved significantly as the season wore on, always noted as a technically gifted player it was his adaption to the English game that was sometimes questioned, his appearance in the 81st minute against Stoke put paid to that argument when he made two crunching tackles in the space of two minutes

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Gary Caldwell

Caldwell came into his own when Martinez switched to a 3-4-3 formation, the club skipper hardly put a foot wrong from Christmas onwards, he was an inspiration on the field and his winning goal at Anfield in March was simply sublime

The Latics skipper's form was superb as the season played out and he managed to score 3 goals from 36 Premier League starts

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James McArthur

What a fantastic run-in for McArthur, hardly featuring throughout the season, McArthur was introduced as a 70th minute substitute in the 3-1 defeat away at Spurs in January.

Following his cameo at White Hart Lane, Latics boss Roberto Martinez said that he'd seen something in the last 20 minutes that told him we'd be fine. How right he was, McArthur kept his place alongside James McCarthy in the heart of the Latics midfield for the rest of the season, he scored the winning goal at Bolton three weeks later and his performances, harrying and chasing, winning the ball and keeping possession have been a feature of the good run

McArthur also gets forward well and 3 Premier League goals in his 18 starts also suggests he has an eye for finishing

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

" For me its Di Santo by half a whisker from McArthur. "
A difficult choice for me, I'm torn between Franco and James McArthur, but for the impact that he had once he got into the team I am plumping for James McArthur as the most improved Latics player for 2011/12, but who is your choice?

To participate in the vote simply access the poll on the right side of this page, select your preferred option and then hit the submit button, it's that easy, also why not leave a comment below

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday June 6 2012
Time: 12:22PM


Yep McArthur for me, but only just from Franco
06/06/2012 12:30:00
Yep, Jimmy McCarthy for me as well. I can't count the number of times I screamed at him last season for keeping hold of the ball for too long, then losing possession way too easily. Nowadays he's a different player - immediately getting his head up and looking left and right. Much quicker at decision making and less flapping in the last few months. Our Jimmy Macs are turning into the new Xavi and Iniesta!
06/06/2012 13:27:00
Oops I see now that you chose McCarthur - he's improved too!
06/06/2012 13:29:00
McCarthy also improvedas the season went on, I'd agree there
06/06/2012 13:33:00
Deffo James McArthur for me, an unsung hero
06/06/2012 14:20:00
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