Its that time again, although September hasn't really given us much to shout about in terms of good footballing results. In the league Wigan have slumped to three straight defeats, which has seen us look like we would push on in mid-table, to looking like relegation hopefuls.
League form can be contrasted though to an excellent cup form. With another 4-1 win, this time against a Premier League side, as our 'second team' put pressure on the starting 11. That now sees us in the fourth round of the league cup, something we haven't achieved since 2005.
So who has played well this month? Not many, that is for sure. Yet there have been a couple of names who have stood out over the past month.
James McCarthy- Back to his blistering best? That is debatable yet McCarthy is looking more and more like the box-to-box midfielder we bought, and is starting to show his quality on the ball again. We have missed the McCarthy of old, the one who would charge back to make a tackle before going down the other end of the pitch to create some magic. Slowly he is getting back to his best.
Ivan Ramis- Well September has favoured Ramis a lot more than August did. After his first game in a Wigan shirt, we all felt that we had paid a lot of money for a yet another player who would be a flop. Yet slowly but surely as he gets use to the Premier Leagues physicality and pace, we are finding a gem in the rough. His technical tackling ability is coming through, and will only get stronger with each game.
Shaun Maloney- Shaun looks like he wants to win every game single handed. Against Fulham there wasn't a move (defensive or attacking) that didn't have Shaun involved somewhere. He has that never say die attitude, combined with brilliant ball control, that makes him one of our best players. Has been outstanding again, even if we aren't winning games, he still tries to win them for us.
Arouna Kone- The striker had a September in which he showed Latics fans just what he is capable of, and what we can expect. He did struggle for parts against Manchester United and Fulham. Yet when he did get on the ball, he was lively alert and looking to score goals, which he did against Fulham, and came close numerous times. The Ivorian would have scored against Sunderland, had it not been for some fantastic keeping.
Agree with my choices? If not comment below and let me know why not!