Talking Football: Who’s made the grade for Wigan Athletic

Paul Kendrick says Latics look a more potent side with Will Grigg out there
Paul Kendrick says Latics look a more potent side with Will Grigg out there

Paul Kendrick runs the rule over the first quarter of Wigan Athletic’s campaign, and delivers his early report card for the Class of 2018-19...(minimum two starts)...

Christian Walton: 12 appearances

Ever present in the league, and picked up where he left off last term, still areas to work on but continuing his development. B+

Antonee Robinson: 12 appearances

Exciting when in full flow and tries to get forward at every opportunity. Has been caught out at the other end but a promising start. B

Reece James: 11 (1) appearances

Hard to believe this lad is only 18. Already looks the complete defender, ensuring last season’s player of the year, Nathan Byrne, hasn’t had a look-in. A+

Cedric Kipre: 13 appearances

Thrown in at the deep end after joining from Motherwell the day before the season started, and getting better with every game as he settles in. B+

Chey Dunkley: 12 appearances

Suddenly the senior figure in the Latics backline with the injury to Dan Burn and has handled the responsibility with maturity, hardly put a foot wrong. A-

Lee Evans: 9 (1) appearances

Welcome return to the club from Sheffield United and slotted back into the engine room with minimum of fuss. Set-pieces are a major asset. B+

Darron Gibson: 3 (4) appearances

Has looked a shrewd acquisition in the handful of outings, although been affected by injury and now suspension following his sending-off at Preston. B-

Sam Morsy: 11 appearances, 1 goal

One of the few in the squad to be a proven performer at this level and continues to lead the side from the front. Leader in every sense of the word. A

Callum Connolly: 4 (5) appearances, 1 goal

His versatility has proved a major plus so far, and is a goal threat whenever he’s on the field. B

Gavin Massey 4 (1) appearances

Started the season with a bang until his untimely injury at QPR...won’t be back until the New Year which is a hammer blow to player and club. C+

Michael Jacobs: 9 appearances, 2 goals

Two goals on the opening day was the perfect way to answer any doubts he belongs at this level, far more consistent than two years ago. B

Callum McManaman: 2 (6) appearances

Only seen patches of his undoubted ability so far, has impressed off the bench but will be hoping for more starts in the lead up to Christmas. C+

Nick Powell: 12 appearances, 4 goals

Still looks like he’s playing at a level below himself, leading to several opposition players/managers labelling him ‘the best player in the Championship’. A

Josh Windass 8 (2) appearances, 1 goal

Big-money arrival from Rangers over the summer, opened his account against hometown club Hull but has floated in and out of some games. C+

James Vaughan 2 (6) appearances, 2

Puts himself about whenever he’s on the pitch, highlight being the crucial winning goal against Rotherham last month. C+

Will Grigg: 8 (2) appearances, 3 goals

Decent goal return given his minutes on the pitch, and despite being hampered by injuries. Latics look a more potent side with him out there. B+

Joe Garner: 3 (3) appearances

Punches (literally) well above his size and weight, gives the side a real edge when he’s on the field, although not clicked in the box as yet. C+