Latics guest player column: Yanic Wildschut

Yanic Wildschut
Yanic Wildschut

We are all looking forward to this weekend’s game at Bradford, and the chance to make it three wins in the space of a week.

I actually played at Bradford for Middlesbrough during pre-season, and I’m very much looking forward to going back there with Wigan.

I just want to play every game I can for Wigan – that’s why I came here in the first place, and I’m determined to make the most of it.

The Bradford game is another game and another opportunity for the team and myself to do well.

We have had a couple of good wins this week after a few draws in a row.

And that always helps the squad in terms of confidence.

The win over Colchester last weekend was a huge boost for the team as a whole.

And that extra confidence helped us to get over the line at Peterborough on Tuesday, even though we didn’t play as well as we can.

When you are not playing as well as you can and still winning games, that’s always a good habit to be in.

No-one here is getting ahead of themselves because we’ve won two matches.

This is a very important week for the club, and we know we need to back that up at Bradford.

On a personal level, I’m very pleased with the combination I’ve managed to get going with Will Grigg and Michael Jacobs, and also Reece James down the left-hand side.

We have talked before games about how we work and how we are going to put pressure on the opposition.

When we have the ball, I like to have freedom on the left to cut inside and we try to make the possible.

And the link-up play is going well so far.

Of course it could be better, but I have only been here for a couple of weeks, and it’s something that can only get better and better.

Because we’re playing so many games at the moment, you don’t really train as much at the training ground.

It’s all about recovering the body and looking forward to the next game.

You can see we already have a connection, though.

They have started to recognise my abilities and my qualities, and I am starting to recognise theirs.

The team is also winning at the moment, which always helps, and I hope we can continue this.

When you ask me whether I would consider extending my time with Wigan, of course that is an option.

First and foremost, I want to concentrate on playing well until January, which is the end of my initial loan spell.

You never know what is going to happen after that but, for the moment, I am enjoying it here.

If nothing changes, and both Wigan and Middlesbrough want me to stay here, then that is a really good option.

All we can do is take it game by game, and we’ll see what happens in the future.

It’s difficult, because when I was at Middlesbrough I really liked it there.

All of the people there, and everything around the club, was really nice and it suited me.

The only thing missing was playing in the games, and of course that is the part that you appreciate the most as a player.

Here at Wigan, I am playing every week, playing an important role, being part of the team, and I am appreciating that so much.

I am finding myself looking forward to the games even more than I normally would.

I just hope I can keep this up for as long as possible – I want to play as many games as I possibly can.

The only thing is, we have to be a little bit careful not to over-do it.

With the games coming thick and fast, we don’t risk injury.

And we have spoken to the sports science guys about that.

Because I haven’t played so many games this season – and sometimes loan players have come in and got injured – we want to try and prevent that as much as we can.

That’s meant me having to come off the field a little early in recent games as a precaution.

But the more games I play, the better it will get.

I’m just happy to be playing football again, and showing the fans and the club I can be a really valuable addition for the team.

Yanic Wildschut was speaking to Paul Kendrick