IN-FORM Callum McManaman has vowed to carry on scoring goals for Wigan Athletic – and not worrying about personal targets.
The 23-year-old scored a brilliant brace against beleaguered Birmingham at the weekend as Latics cruised to a 4-0 victory - their second win on the spin.
That takes his tally for the campaign to four in four games – equalling his total for the whole of last term when he was dogged by injuries and fitness issues.
With the luxury of a full pre-season behind him, McManaman has hit the ground running and fulfilling the potential everyone at Wigan always knew he possessed.
“I’m feeling really confident at the moment and obviously scoring goals helps that,” acknowledged McManaman.
“I don’t want to say how many goals I’ve set myself – I did last season but it didn’t work. I got nowhere near it!
“This year I’m just trying to take every game as it comes and see what happens.
“I’ve got four in four now and that’s the best start I’ve ever had, so I want to build on that and see what happens.
“I’ve usually played on the wing but the gaffer’s started playing me up front this season and it seems to be working.
“He’s helped me a lot. He’s got me running behind defences more, which is something I never used to do, and that’s made a big difference.”
McManaman was once again Wigan’s outstanding attacking threat, and his performance was matched by the quality of his goals, which helped to open up an unassailable 3-0 interval advantage.
“The lads were on me at half-time telling me to try and get the hat-trick, and if anything I was trying too hard at the end to get it,” revealed McManaman.
“I didn’t quite come off but I just need to go again.
“It was more important we got the three points, and it was a really great win.
“That’s been coming for a while. In the last few games the ball hasn’t gone into the back of the net like we wanted it to, but everything went for us this time and we’re delighted.
“We’ve set our standards high after that performance - and that is the standard for the rest of the season.”
McManaman also hailed team-mate James McArthur, who was in imperious form in the engine room despite the off-field distraction of his proposed £7million move to Leicester falling through at the end of last week.
“James is a top pro and he showed that again,” McManaman added.
“He never stopped running and he was great on the ball. We hope he’s still here at the end of the week.”
Latics are confident of tying up a couple of big signings before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm tonight.
The Adam Forshaw saga should finally have a happy ending, with his club Brentford and Everton – who hold a sell-on – having agreed to the deal, which is now in the hands of the lawyers.
Latics also expect to formally complete the signing of Tours striker Andy Delort, who was paraded to the fans at the DW before Saturday’s win over Birmingham.