Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Bruce to ring the changes???

Bruce to ring the changes???
The problem is with such a small squad who would/can he bring in?

Keeper

Replacing Kirkland? For me a none starter. The ten goals conceeded over the last three games can be laid squarely at a poor defensive and midfield effort. Pollitt is a good second keeper nothign more and Kingson isn't good enough for the premeir league (another car boot cast off from Birmingham)

Defence

Has to shoulder significant blame over the last three games, the only one to emerge unscathed in my opinion is Bramble. Figueroa has been excellent this season but has looked weary the last couple of weeks and probably would benefit for a rest and in Edman we have a fit and hungry replacement.

Boyce has had a couple of bad games and should be benched with Mario returning at right back and Scharner retaining his place at centre half.

Midfield

Has generally been ok but lacks creative drive, other than Valencia and the absence of Cattermole for four games hit us badly.

Valencia is a must start. N'Zogbia has yet to convince me that he has the aptitude for the Premier League and bottled a tackle last week, that he should have won with ease.The alternatives however are; De Ridder,Kapo and Koumas none of whom should ever play for the club again.

Centre midfield should have Cattermole as the first name but the question is whether to play with four or five in midifeld.
I would go with five with Brown coming in to partner Catt and Watson.

Brown is the sort of player you would dread playing against in five a side, totally commited and not averse to putting the boot in.

Watson will shoot as has been proved recently and compared to Brown, De Ridder, Koumas, he knows where the goal is.

Strikers

Up front we are limited in our choices. Mido appears to be first choice and although his fitness appears to have improved, he seems frustrated as we all are at the lack of quality ball and I would wager that he goes off injured today
if he starts.

The alternatives are Rodellaga, who hasn't acclimitised to Premier League football and Zaki who is displaying the form of a Blue Square league player.

I would go 4-5-1 but have Sibierski on the bench. Sibs fitness won't last 90 mins but he is a clever player, who will create for another forward. Bringing him and Hugo on late on might be a game breaker.


Whatever the shortfalls within the squad the blame must be squarely laid at the door of Steve Bruce. At the beginnign of the season he said he wanted two p[layers for every outfield position plus three keepers. This he has, the problem is that several, most notably all three of his signings from Birmingham, are not up to the rigours of Premier League football.

my starting line up would be;
Kirkland
Melchiot, Schanrer, Bramble, Edman
Valencia, Brown, Catt, Watson, N'Zogbia
Mido

subs

Pollitt, Boyce, Figueroa,Sibs,Rodellaga,Zaki,Cwyka



Writer:Baskerville
Date:Saturday May 2 2009
Time: 11:16AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
I would go with your starting 11, cant see who Bruce could possibly bring in to ring the changes, we dont have any quality in depth
worbo
02/05/2009 12:07:00
0
i would go 433 mario, bramble, scharner, figeroua valencia, cattermole, n'zogbia Mido, roddelaga, zaki
lathamwafc
02/05/2009 13:28:00
0
oh yeah and kirkland of course
lathamwafc
02/05/2009 13:28:00
0
I think SB is starting to loose his cool and startd making serious mistakes just coz his stubborn and i believe tht his ill natured relationshp with zaki has affectd the whole team in terms of morale and form ..zaki couldve scored a hatrik in a game like yestrdays and he lookd so fresh and ready whn he came on and if he had half the chances mido had in the 1st half it wouldve been a diffrent story ..What a waste im fuming for god sakes wake bruce!!
mmjnr
03/05/2009 07:41:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Things Garry Cook will do in his first day as a director

Jesus Was a Wiganer looks forward to Gaz Cook's first day in the hallowed Halls of DW.

Latics Close In On Former Midfielder

A former midfield partner of Graham Barrow's could be on his way back to Wigan

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18

The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season.

Wigan Confirm Four Away Friendly Fixtures

Four pre-season matches have been confirmed with more to follow...

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Liam Sephton
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who would be your choice for Wigan manager?
Suggested By: Dave Whelan
Uwe Rosler27%
Steve McClaren30%
Nathan Jones20%
Paul Cook14%
Other9%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
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)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.king_dezeeuw06210
2.Get a Grip!149
3.truelatic4eva135
4.Whittleblue126
5.C_Latic107
6.Moonay106
7.bickymon78
8.WN570
9.Jonny_SuffolkLatic68
10.Martinez198658
The Vital Football Members League