LATICS legend Arjan de Zeeuw is confident his old club have the know-how to drag themselves away from the Premier League mire.
Saturday’s visit of Blackburn is shaping up to be a massive six-pointer – even at this stage of the season – with Latics rock bottom on five points and their opponents just one place and one point better off.
Latics, without a win or even a point since the end of August, are desperate for three points to kick-start their campaign.
And De Zeeuw, voted the club’s all-time greatest player, says they must turn the ship around quickly – or risk being cut adrift before the New Year.
“The good thing is, if it’s one thing Wigan know how to do, it’s beat the drop,” De Zeeuw told the Evening Post.
“They’ve been down there for the last few years and managed to survive each time, which should give them an advantage this time round.
“However, there is a real danger they could be cut adrift if they don’t start winning games soon, and they have to put that right as soon as possible.
“It’s a funny league this year. A lot of teams are taking points off each other, and Wigan have to start doing likewise.
“Christmas is only just around the corner, and you know what they say about the team that is bottom on Christmas Day.
“December looks to be a horrible month ahead, and you wouldn’t be expecting to take much out of matches like that.
“That means they need to do something in the meantime if they are to stay in touch.”
De Zeeuw, now a detective back in his native Holland, keeps a watchful eye on his former club from afar, and is surprised to see Wigan involved in another relegation dogfight.
“They did ever so well to stay up last year – and I think everyone hoped that this year would be a bit more comfortable,” added De Zeeuw, a team-mate of Roberto Martinez between 1999 and 2001.
“I saw Wigan play a few times at the start of the season, and initially I thought they’d be fine.
“They were playing some decent stuff, albeit not always getting the results, but things were going okay.
“Unfortunately it hasn’t quite worked out like I’d hoped, and I just feel they have to start winning before it’s too late.
“I feel sorry for Robbie, because he’s trying to play the right way, but the Premier League is such an unforgiving competition.
“There are so many teams who make it so hard to beat them, and then try to pick you off on the counter attack.
“When you’re playing against teams who sit back, it’s very dangerous because you are so vulnerable to counter attacks.”
And with just seven goals from 11 Premier League games, it’s clear where Wigan’s main problem lies.
“They just have to start scoring some goals,” De Zeeuw (inset) recognised.
“They’re creating chances but it’s just putting them away that’s been the problem. Hopefully that will change, and the sooner it does the better.”