TIM Chow is hoping to use this weekend’s FA Cup trip to Bury to press his claims for a regular first-team shirt at Wigan Athletic.
The 21-year-old has been champing at the bit for the chance to show Gary Caldwell what he can do, after injury wrecked his pre-season.
Only one of his six appearances to date has been in the starting XI – against Millwall at the end of September – with the likes of David Perkins and Max Power having hit the ground running following their summerarrivals.
With Power battling a bug and Perkins deserving of arest after featuring in every league game so far, Chow could get his chance at Gigg Lane – one he’s determined to take.
“We’ve got a great squad here, with a very good management team, and we’re seeing the results we all knew would come,” he told the Evening Post.
“It’s a very strong squad in terms of numbers as well as quality, and everyone’s fighting to get into that starting XI and stay there.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m fighting hard, training hard, and hopefully it’ll pay off soon.
“Sometimes you’ve got to be patient and you’ve got to wait for your chance.
“And when you get it, it’s up to you. If you don’t take it, you can’t complain if someone else does.”
Chow was left out of a very youthful-looking Development Squad that yesterday beat Wrexham 4-3 in a thriller, hinting at probable inclusion for the first team at Bury.
And after losing and drawing to the Shakers already this term, Chow and Latics are hoping to make it third time lucky this weekend.
“It’ll be the third time we’ve played them already, and we know what to expect,” he acknowledged.
“They’re a good team, with a very direct style of play, and they’ll give us another good test.
“Everyone here at Wigan knows what the FA Cup means – to the club and the town.
“We’ll be treating the game as important as any other and going all out to get the win.”
Chow was very nearly the hero of last month’s league game between the sides that finished 2-2, coming agonsingly close to notching a stoppage-time winner.
“It was another typical Wigan late comeback,” he added. “I was unlucky not to get the winning goal but it wasn’t to be.
“My shot sort of squirmed under the goalkeeper’s body, then hit the post, then rolled along the line before it was cleared. I was just waiting for the net to ripple for the winner, but hopefully the luck will be on our side this time.”