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Patience remains with Wigan Athletic recruit amid goalscoring drought



This article is part of Football League World’s ’Fan Perspective’ series, this content strand is where we deliver an opinion based outlook from the perspective of a certain clubs fanbase on the matter at hand…

Wigan Athletic signed striker Kieffer Moore from Barnsley in the summer. 

The 27-year-old has yet to score his first goal for Latics, however, he did net his opening goal for Wales last week, after scoring against Slovakia in a Euro 2020 qualifying match.

Paul Cook was on the lookout for a target man all summer, after Leon Clarke returned to Sheffield United following the expiration of his loan deal. When a deal for West Ham United striker Jordan Hugill fell through, Cook turned his attentions to a player that scored 17 league goals for Barnsley last season, earning himself a spot in the 2018/19 PFA League One Team Of The Year.

Wigan battled at the bottom end of the Championship for the majority of last season, largely down to the lack of goals they scored. Their top scorers were Nick Powell and Joe Garner, who finished on eight goals each.

This season, Wigan are looking to push on towards mid-table, with natural progression. To do that, Moore will need to score 10 plus goals, to ensure they have a regular goal source who can score the goals to win them games.

It’s still very early days in Moore’s Wigan career, he will get better as he naturally builds relationships and partnerships with his team-mates. The Welsh international is a hard-working, strong centre forward that wins a majority of his aerial battles.

Wigan haven’t completely played to his strengths yet, Josh Windass will thrive on the aerial ability of Moore, now having returned to the side. Moore has so far played the lone striker role very well, however, Wigan haven’t learnt how to benefit from his good work.

On the goals front, Wigan fans remain confident that they will come with time. It’s about scoring that first goal, and giving him quality service into the box. Wigan like to play a fast, attacking brand of football, which perhaps does not suit Moore yet, but the Latics are adapting their playing style and progress is being made.

After Cook guided Wigan to safety last season, their fans are expecting better this time around. It’s his chance to deliver and show why he’s such a highly regarded manager. Wigan’s downfall last season was their lack of attacking options, after the signings of Kieffer and Jamal Lowe the pressure is on him to deliver.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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