Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Wigan Athletic XI if they kept their best players including James Tavernier

After two seasons in League One, Leam Richardson has guided Wigan Athletic back up to the Championship.

The Latics stayed in the third tier of English football by the skin of their teeth last season as they finished one point above the relegation places.

But the DW Stadium side have been promoted as League One champions with 92 points amassed from 46 matches.

With Wigan back in the Championship, we have put together an XI of former Latic players who could have been quite a formidable outfit if they all played together…

7 Greatest Premier League Left Wingers of All Time

David Marshall

Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The Scotland international spent one season with the Latics and that came during the 2019/20 campaign when Wigan were relegated from the Championship.

Marshall conceded 48 goals from 39 Championship games and he registered 15 clean sheets from those matches.

The 37-year-old is currently playing for Queens Park Rangers but his contract at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium expires at the end of June.

Reece James

Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images

The England international played in all but one of Wigan Athletic’s Championship games during the 2018/19 campaign where he had a season-long loan in the North West.

James, a world and European champion, was a key part of Paul Cook’s side and he played either at right-back or in central midfield.

The 22-year-old can play at centre-back and we’ve put him at the right-hand side of a back three where his quality on the ball could be a real asset.

Harry Maguire

Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

The world’s most expensive centre-halve had a brief spell on loan at Wigan Athletic in 2015 during his time at Hull City.

Maguire started 16 straight games for the Latics in the Championship, scoring one goal along the way.

The England international is currently under scrutiny as his role as Manchester United’s captain in what has been a horrendous year for the Red Devils.

Dan Burn

Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images

The towering centre-back had two spells with Wigan Athletic across three consecutive campaigns.

After arriving from Fulham, Burn was at the heart of Wigan’s defence before being signed by Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2018.

The Seagulls loaned Burn back to the Latics at the start of the 2018/19 campaign before returning to the Amex in January.

The Blyth-born man who began his youth career with Newcastle United signed for his boyhood club in January.

James Tavernier

Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

In the midst of a loan spell with Bristol City, Tavernier made 13 appearances for Wigan Athletic before moving north of the border in the summer of 2015.

What a signing the attacking right-back has been for Rangers and the 30-year-old is the Europa League’s top scorer this campaign with seven goals.

In 343 appearances for the Ibrox giants, Tavernier has scored 81 goals and provided 106 assists.

James McArthur

Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Part of Roberto Martinez’s Wigan Athletic side that stunned Manchester City in the FA Cup final, the Scotland international spent four seasons with the Latics.

The all-action midfielder joined Crystal Palace in September 2014 and he’s been at the Eagles for eight years.

But McArthur’s contract at Selhurst Park is set to expire at the end of June.

Adam Forshaw

Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images

The Leeds United midfielder has more than had his fair share of injury setbacks, but that hasn’t deterred his desire to keep fighting and return to action.

Forshaw was only a Wigan Athletic player for five months before promotion-chasing Middlesbrough came calling in January 2015.

The 30-year-old who has made 22 Premier League appearances this season is currently out with a fractured kneecap.

Antonee Robinson

Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Following a season-long loan at the DW Stadium, Wigan Athletic signed the former Everton youngster on a permanent deal.

The United States full-back was then signed by Fulham for £2m in August 2020 after one season of being a permanent Wigan player.

However, Robinson saw a move to Italian giants AC Milan fall through six months before his switch to Craven Cottage.

The 24-time USA international will be back in the Premier League with Fulham for a second time next season.

Nick Powell

Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The man who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic.

The attacking midfielder scored 12 goals that season, three of which came in the Europa League.

Powell would re-join Wigan as a free agent in the summer of 2016 and he would spent three seasons at the DW Stadium. Ahead of joining Stoke City, Powell finished his Wigan career with 41 goals and 18 assists from 140 matches.

The 28-year-old has scored 24 goals in 93 matches for the Potters but his contract expires in the summer.

Joe Gelhardt

Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

The Wigan Athletic Academy graduate played 21 appearances for the Latics first team before Leeds United snapped up the 20-year-old.

The pacey forward has scored two goals in the Premier League this season for the Whites and he has an impressive goal return at youth level.

As well as his five goals from five FA Youth Cup games for Wigan, Gelhardt has 18 goals and six assists to his name from 28 games for Leeds’ Under-23s side.

Will Keane

Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

It would be massively unfair to assemble this team and then not include the League One topscorer (26) this season.

Keane’s only in his second season as Wigan Athletic player but he’s scored 38 goals since arriving from Ipswich Town.

The test for the 29-year-old will be to transfer his goalscoring form in League One over to the Championship next season.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know

You may also like…

LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment