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Latics squad lacks experience and quality?
First area of concern is around the keepers. Whilst the three incumbents are the same as last season, Kirklands recurring back spasms and Politt's age and uncertainty under crosses means that potentially Kingson is seen as the potential cahllenger to Kirkland's mantle.

Kingson, who must be the smallest keeper in the Premeir League is no where near good enough if we are to remain in the P.L.

Conclusion.

Need Kirkland to remain fit.

Defence

The one area i'm happy with,three quality centre backs in Boyce, Scharner and Bramble the latter two being players of the season for the last two years.
Left back is well covered with Edman as support for Figueroa whilst another right back would be great there is always Boyce to fit in if required.
Only Amaya has been brought into to strengthen the defnece but its a big step up from the Spanishs econd division and he didnt show anything at Blackpool to indicate he can make that jump.

Conclusion

The backbone of the team is secure.

Wingers

The lack of a replacement for Valencia is a cause for concern. Koumas, Kapo and De Ridder don't give me confidence in their ability to steop up to the plate, although Koumas seems to have improved when given the chance by Martinez.

N'Zogbia has the class but needs protection form his centre midfielders for him to produce the goods on a regular basis something he has yet to do.

Conclusion

Weak on one wing, heavily reliant on N'Zogbia remaining fit and in form.

Centre Midfield

Denuded since last season wirth the loss of the most underrated midfield pairign in the Premier League in Cattermole and Palacios. Add the loss of Brown the most experienced midfielder in terms of Premeir League games (excluding Scharner) is Hendry Thomas with four.

The other new signings Diame and Gomez look out of their depth and whilst Thomas shows promise he needs an experienced head alongside him sonething we don't have.

Conclusion

Replacing Catt and Palacios with a second division Spanish league player plus a La Liga reserve just isn't going to work. The solution of trying to sign yet another Swansea player didn't come to fruition.

Strikers

A real area of concern since we came intot he Premeir League. last season we had Heskey replaced by Mido , Zakia nd Rodellaga. This seaosnw e have the raw potential of Hugo,and the aged and unproven King and Scotland.

With the club reportedly pulling the plug on at least one experienced striker due to wage demands,we find ourselves with only one quality striker and resorting to playing a centre half as a sole forward at Everton.

Conclusion

Only Middlesboro failed to score as few goals as us last season and it will eb difficult to beat that 34 with only Rodellaga unless the midfielders, none of whom have a record of being prolific at this level chip in .

Overall Conclusion

A lot is goping to rely on the back four to keep clean sheets and hope that Scharner , Gomez and N'Zogbia can chip in with goals to keep us in the pack, until hopefully the January transfer window enables us to bring in some quality.

Writer:Baskerville
Date:Tuesday September 1 2009
Time: 5:52PM

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Comments

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What about Sinclair? He has been very good so far this season.
avantsweater
01/09/2009 18:12:00
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we cant keep clean sheets with the keepers we have got, just look at the goals we have conceded so far, its not the back four its the midfield loosing the ball, and we wont score enough goals, scotland is not good enough to slow.
artawreet
01/09/2009 18:29:00
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I'd put Charlie on the left and Sinclair on the right with Hugo down the middle, got to have a go at teams with the pace that those three bring
worbo
01/09/2009 18:38:00
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Sinclair looks to me just as dangerous running at people as Valencia. I don't think he's as good defensively as LAV. But going forward he's got explosive speed.
avantsweater
01/09/2009 18:43:00
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sinclair has no vision and runs with his head down..see Everton and Blackpool. Up until now he has only been on loan at Championship clubs so hasn't the pedigree/experience at this level
baskerville
01/09/2009 18:54:00
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sinclair has alot of promise
wigan-latics
01/09/2009 19:54:00
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I know I'll get criticised, but this article epitomises everything I dislike about Vital Wigan. There's just so much negitivity. Fair enough we played badly against Wolves and the reserves lost at Blackpool, but we matched Man Utd for 60 mins and should have got something from the Everton game. Lay off the doom and gloom for a while and let's just let the new players bed in.
PKB
01/09/2009 20:09:00
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its an opinion PKB are your entitled to yours and free to post it on this site
baskerville
01/09/2009 20:14:00
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I know I'll get criticised, but this article epitomises everything I dislike about Vital Wigan. There's just so much negitivity. Fair enough we played badly against Wolves and the reserves lost at Blackpool, but we matched Man Utd for 60 mins and should have got something from the Everton game. Lay off the doom and gloom for a while and let's just let the new players bed in.
PKB
01/09/2009 20:17:00
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I'm not saying I disagree with it all, as if Kirkland and Rodellaga get injured I think we will struggle, bit I think it's unfair to say things like "Diame and Gomez look out of their depth" is jumping the gun a bit. I'd just rather people got behind the team rather than constant criticism.
PKB
01/09/2009 20:22:00
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