The past few games have got me wondering. What is Wigan Athletics best starting eleven? So far this season we have seen so many combinations, due to injuries and suspensions that it looks likely to be on the factors for the team having not done so well.
So coming into what will be a crucial run of fixtures. With the whole squad back. What is Roberto Martinez's starting line up?
This has been more or less the same consistently through out this season. Although it has shown in games that we miss having Emmerson Boyce and Maynor Figeruoa in the full back positions. Against Everton and Bolton both players were missed in these key positions and the team lost as the areas were exposed.
The absence of Antolin Alcaraz along side Gary Caldwell, has been a big one for Latics. The Paraguayan ,who had a great Copa America, has the turn of pace and thinking to cover the back four area quickly and decisively. Towards the back end of last season we he showed why he is so good.
Best back four: Emmerson Boyce, Gary Caldwell, Antolin Alcaraz, Maynor Figeroua
Last season our midfield was our strongest area on the pitch. Mohammed Diame and Ben Watson emerged as two of our key team players and really improved over the season, so by the end of it they looked in total control of what anyone could throw at them. Yet this year they have been a bit lacking.
James McCarthy has yet to find his legs and his form. The Republic of Ireland international has never been the same, since Frabrice Mumamba went through the back of him in last years Lancashire Derby.
This time round, David Jones and James McArthur have looked ready to burst into the starting line up. As of yet only Jones has done so. But for me McArthur adds that bit of energy and bounce into the midfield that we miss, much like Hendry Thomas gives aswell, the Honduras international as some what fallen out of of the picture at Wigan. Wrongly if you ask me.
Best midfield three: Mohammed Diame, James McArthur, David Jones
It is already apparent that we miss the influence of Charles N'Zogbia in attack. Although since joining Aston Villa he has looked very poor. Yet this term round it all started so well when Franco Di Santo managed to striker three home, since then he has looked under par.
Victor Moses has looked our most likely player to score every game this season, he has been really unlucky at times. He improves every game and will come good for Wigan in the long run. The other attacking wide player Albert Cruast, who started yesterday against Newcastle, has managed to impress after just one game. He looks like he can handle himself in the Premier League, and I look forward to seeing him next weekend against Fulham.
As for who should lead the line, there has to be just one player Hugo Rodallega. He started the game against Newcastle and was unlucky not to score. For me even if he doesn't score he is a handful and will always cause problems. The same as will Connor Sammon, the Northern Irelander who has yet to really make an impact at Wigan (although scoring the second against West Ham last year was pretty big). Hopefully the chances will fall for him sooner rather than later.
Best attacking three: Victor Moses, Hugo Rodallega, Albert Cursat
Full Line Up
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Emmerson Boyce, Gary Caldwell, Antolin Alcaraz, Maynor Figeroua
Mohammed Diame, James McArthur, David Jones
Victor Moses, Hugo Rodallega, Albert Cursat