If Marvin Gaye was still with us, then as a diehard Wigan Athletic fan, he’d probably be asking “What’s going on?” This is not the start we envisaged! A good few hundred of us sat there in the Marquee the week before the season and felt all warm and glowing as we listened to Herr Rösler’s exciting plans and ambitions.
On the pitch it simply hasn’t happened and with the wealth of talent we have it feels a little disheartening to see such feeble attacking play and a leaky defence.
Some of our more excitable fans appear to be urging the manager and chairman to throw large sums of money at the problem in somewhat Anglo-Saxon language, in particular a goalscorer. The problem is that we already have three million pound strikers on our books drawing big wages, two of whom who were signed by the last bloke; one firing blanks, the other barely firing at all.
One can only hope Riera gets off the mark in the next game or two otherwise he may end up another body to throw on top of the very crowded pile at the DW “strikers graveyard” next to Boselli, Aghahowa and Jason Scotland. Is it the strikers though or is it that they can only score put away what is given to them?
I have always had such strong views on Gomez that I have to reign them in for this family publication but even now I am still uncovering people who spent four years jeering him now complaining that our attacking creativity has gone. Indeed, for all the derogatory stuff written and said about the chunky Jean Beausejour he also offered a lot more of the same and was a very clever, understated footballer.
There’s no point looking back though, we have to look forward. We can look at the mess Blackpool have been in and think it should represent an ideal opportunity to pick up points but that would be a complacent attitude.
The real agenda simply has to be the fact that they did the double over us last year and just as Reading, Charlton and Cardiff have been getting revenge on us in the last few games, we need to extract a bit of revenge of our own onto our neighbours from the Fylde Coast.
It’s time to see what this team is made of and determine whether we’re just going through a bit of patchy early season form (not unheard of in Wigan Athletic circles) or officially in crisis (as some hysterical souls online would have it)
First published in the Wigan Evening Post’s 12th Man Column on Friday 22nd August
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