Hiwula giving Caldwell selection headache

Jordy Hiwula
Jordy Hiwula

GARY Caldwell admits Jordy Hiwula is hammering down his door after his latest match-winning cameo for Wigan Athletic.

Hiwula only emerged from the bench for the last 10 minutes at Fleetwood on Monday, but it was long enough for him to secure a valuable victory for Latics.

He’s a goalscorer, and he’s in the six-yard box when you need someone to put the ball away

Gary Caldwell

With the score a 1-1, Hiwula first of all slotted home from close range to nudge the visitors in front.

Then, in stoppage-time, he played in Michael Jacobs to make it three.

It was Hiwula’s first outing since he scored twice in the 4-0 JPT triumph over Blackpool last month.

And Caldwell acknowledges he’s been given food for thought ahead of Saturday’s league trip to Scunthorpe.

“Jordy is somebody who could easily have had more game-time,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“He’s been very unfortunate not to have played more football this season.

“When he comes on, he is a goal threat, and he deservedly got another one on Monday.

“He’s got to be knocking on the door – and I’ve said that to the players. They know it’s a team game, and when they get that opportunity you have to grab it.”

Hiwula has found himself on the outside looking in with Will Grigg, Craig Davies and even recent loan signing Alex Revell being preferred up top.

Caldwell, though, is aware Hiwula brings something different to the table.

“He’s a goalscorer, and he’s in the six-yard box when you need someone to put the ball away,” recognised the Latics chief.

“He’s a player with massive potential, massive talent, and he works so hard for the team.

“He’s progressing really well, and he’s a player who could well be getting more game-time after performances like Monday.”

The situation is further complicated now Grant Holt has returned from his loan spell with Championship outfit Wolves.

The 34-year-old was due to be in the West Midlands until after this weekend’s round of fixtures.

But he is back at Wigan and also in contention for the trip to Glanford Park.

“It’s great to have Grant back,” added Caldwell.

“It’s another option we can use, and someone we know can score goals at this level.

“I spoke to him earlier in the week, and he’s been training really hard down there and he’s ready to get back with the boys.”

Holt made just four appearances during his time with Wolves, all of them coming off the bench.

“We thank him for what he’s done,” said Wolves boss Kenny Jackett. “He’s come in at a busy time when we needed cover for our forwards.”