As Wigan Athletic prepare for an almighty test against league leaders Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, Paul Cook’s men will be praying that they can get the job done with just five games left to play this term.
The job in hand is to avoid relegation straight back down to League One, and avoid becoming the typical yo-yo club that they have turned into over the last few years.
The Latics currently occupy 21st spot in the Championship table, and sit one point clear of the drop-zone ahead of Sunday’s clash at the DW Stadium, where a win would surely give them the momentum to go and climb up the league standings.
When you look at Wigan’s squad on paper, it really isn’t a bad team. The likes of Nick Powell and Josh Windass are extremely good players, and the club will be lucky to keep hold of them beyond this campaign.
Gavin Massey is another player who has been talked about of late – the wide-man was influential in their promotion from League One last term, and has carried that form over to this season for sure.
The 26-year old has scored three goals and produced one assist for Cook’s men this season, though his future at the DW Stadium is up in arms beyond this season, with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign.
Reports have claimed that Nottingham Forest and QPR are interested in the pacey winger, and the club will face a fight to keep him on their books in the summer with these high-profile teams circling.
Wigan fans have got to be urging the club to tie Massey down to a new deal – the attacker has been a standout performer for the Latics ever since his move from Leyton Orient in 2017, and is a key part of how Wigan like to play.
If the club were to lose him on a free transfer, then they would lose money when looking to replace him with someone who may not even be as talented as he is, and even if they do go down to League One, he’d be such an important player for them.