‘Wildschut is a game changer’

Yanic Wildschut
Yanic Wildschut

GRAHAM Barrow believes loan star Yanic Wildschut is giving Wigan Athletic the same kind of X Factor once provided by Callum McManaman.

Wildschut has shone since arriving from Middlesbrough last month, scoring three times in 10 games as well as laying on countless chances for his colleagues.

I don’t think there is one way of handling someone like him

Graham Barrow

And the Latics assistant boss - and former club captain - admits the Dutchman’s not a player he would have relished facing during his own playing days.

“I don’t think there is one way of handling someone like him,” Barrow told the Evening Post.

“He’s a special talent - he reminds me in many ways of Callum McManaman.

“You just want to give players like that the ball at every opportunity and let them work their magic.”

Wildschut’s loan from Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough is due to expire at the beginning of January.

And manager Gary Caldwell has already admitted he’ll be looking to extend it to the end of the season.

“Yanic gives us a very good option,” Barrow added.

“Not many players in League One can change and win a game like he’s shown he can.”