An 18th place finish ended a tough season for The Latics, winning only 2 of their 23 away games and winning less than half of their home games. Huge changes in attacking personnel and very few coming through the doors could mean a tougher season ahead.
Wigan Athletic Opening Fixtures
A mixed bag awaits Paul Cook’s men as they welcome Cardiff to Greater Manchester on the opening weekend, before remaining up North as they travel to Preston North End. A return to the DW Stadium to host Leeds United before, in keeping with the trend, staying in the Northern hemisphere with a trip to Middlesbrough. The sole trip to the capital follows with Queens Park Rangers before a return home to host Barnsley.
Wigan Athletic Penalty Takers
Chelsea loanee Reece James scored his nine, forward Joe Garner saw 1 saved and 2 scored, Sunderland bound Will Grigg saw all 3 of his hit the back of the net, Bradford City bound James Vaughan saw his converted and attacker Josh Windass saw his missed.
Wigan Athletic EFL Fantasy Picks
As you can deduce, of the 5 penalty takers, 3 of which are no longer at the club, and alongside forwards Grigg and Vaughan, Nick Powell and Leon Clarke have also left the club, not to mention a wealth of experience in Callum McManaman, Darron Gibson and Jonas Olsson.
Worrying times ahead perhaps, as they have not been overly active in the transfer window, with 8 goal top scorer Garner the main supply goals for the coming campaign. Thankfully there is a steady stream of assisters, with right-back Nathan Byrne producing 3, Windass serving up 4 (as well as 5 goals), midfielder Lee Evans with 5, winger Michael Jacobs with 4 (and 4 goals).
Wigan Athletic Predicted Lineup
4-2-3-1: Marshall; Byrne, Kipre, Dunkley, Robinson; Morsy, Macleod; Naismith, Evans, Jacobs; Garner