Caldwell: Strikers will be key to success

Will Grigg
Will Grigg

GARY Caldwell admits Wigan Athletic will be shooting for the stars when the new season kicks-off next weekend.

Latics paid a high price last season for their profligacy in front of goal as they dropped into League One.

Strikers Marc-Antoine Fortune, Andy Delort and Oriol Riera scored two league goals between them, winger James McClean top-scoring with six.

All four men have since departed, with Caldwell confident new-look strike-force Will Grigg and Craig Davies – alongside Billy Mckay, who didn’t get much opportunity to impress last term – can improve the goal return.

“In any league at any team, your strikers are so important – not just for scoring goals but also leading the line, defending from the top and holding the ball up for you,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“They’re a massive part of any team, and over the years we’ve probably struggled to get that No.9 in who can really score goals.”

Caldwell, meanwhile, wants Latics to turn on the style under his stewardship – but not at the expense of winning matches.

“Everyone can talk about philosophy but, for me, you have to win,” he added. “It’s not the only thing that matters, but it is the most important thing.

“Winning has to be the end goal to everything we do. There’s no point playing pretty football if you’re not going to win.

“We have to find a balance between the way we want to play and getting results at the right time.”