Wigan Athletic’s February Player of the Month

Steve Bardens

Good or bad, February couldn’t have got much worse than January was in the league. The lads came together in the end, and we finished the month with back to back wins that was after two mixed performances against Southampton and Chelsea.

Four league points, and qualification to the quarter final of the FA Cup, is that a bad month? Personally I think it is rather good and could show the way for the rest of our season. As we head into an important March, keeping consistent and in form will be important.

But who was the best in February? Who shone through all the game and could be the light that carries us forward to the end of the season?

Shaun Maloney- Shaun has had a mixed season so far this year, having only scored once so far it hasn’t been looking good for the attacking midfielder. Then the first two weeks of Febuary and the midfielder turned on the style. A last gasp goal against Southampton, followed up by a classy performance and finish against Chelsea. The Scotland midfielder then went on to be the mastermind in the win over Reading at the weekend.

Paul Scharner- Has Paul ever left Wigan, currently it doesn’t feel like it. Much like the start of his career at Wigan all those years ago, it has started with a bang. Scharner has played all four games so far, adding some much needed experience. The defender/midfielder already has one assist to his name, and no doubt will want to add some goals. Solid all month, and the man is close to reaching his peak.

Arouna Kone- The striker has said this week he struggled to fit in when he first came to Wigan. The cold weather and a new culture and language to adapt to, yet the striker started so well. Scoring four goals early on in the season, Kone had a dip and went away to South Africa without scoring in his last 11. Starting against Huddersfield, the striker bagged two goals, then added to them with two against Reading. Can he keep it up?

James McArthur- The Scottish of the two James has had a fantastic season, and has been over shadowed by his teammates McCarthy for the plaudits. Yet the midfielder who is a true box-to-box has been fantastic the past few games, playing all of the games in the month, not once did he show signs of fatigue or tiring. Any signs of his early season injury now well and truly gone, the midfielder rounded up his month with a fantastic goal against Huddersifield.

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