Wigan’s ‘new-look’ squad can be named tomorrow
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Wigan Athletic have named the team for the season opener against Preston North End on Friday night, with the squad set to be unveiled at 11.30am on Saturday morning.
Wigan have been named the top-flight newcomers, replacing the club’s existing squad for the first time since 2006.
The new-look squad features seven new players, including winger James McArthur, defender Luke Crespo, midfielder Alex Mowatt and winger Kyle MacGregor.
The 25-year-old McArthur was named Wigan captain in October after a prolific season for the club, which saw him score 15 goals in 27 appearances.
His goalscoring exploits have seen him become the club and England’s leading scorer with nine goals this term.
McArthur has also made the club the second-highest scorer in the Premier League with 15 goals this season.
McGregor is Wigan team-mate of England international winger Danny Welbeck and the pair have made a strong bond throughout the season, with Welbeck scoring 14 goals in 16 appearances for the Gunners this term, and McGregor making the most of his opportunity with 10 goals in 12 appearances for his country this term in the Under-21s.
The squad includes seven new-led players, with midfielders James McAvoy and Josh King joining McArthur and striker Scott Arfield in the first XI.
The Wigan boss, Mark Warburton, said: “We have a new-looking squad, and it’s a very exciting start to the season.”
It’s a big start to our new season and it will be exciting for the fans.
“We want to give everyone a great game, and we’ve brought in players that have a lot of experience in the Championship.”
Wigan Athletic boss Mark Warbuck said the team had been prepared for a new challenge.
“This is the most exciting challenge we’ve had,” he said.
“With the way we’ve played, it’s going to be very difficult for any side to play well and it is a real challenge for us.”
There are a lot more new faces in the squad and there are a few new faces who haven’t played in the top flight for a number of years, but they have all shown what they can do.
“They’ve been really, really sharp, and I think they are all hungry for the opportunity to play.”
If we can get them up to speed and get them involved and show that we can give them an opportunity, we’re confident that we will get results.
“The players have all come from the Championship and are ready for that challenge.”
Wigan Athletic have named the team for the season opener against Preston North End on Friday night, with the squad…
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