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Steve Bruce Deserves Praise For Wigan Athletic Turnaround

steve bruce Steve Bruce Deserves Praise For Wigan Athletic Turnaround

The cold hard truth is that no one cares about Wigan Athletic. I’ve written about them in the past but even their own supporters aren’t bothered to participate in the discussion.

Out of the 20 teams in the Premier League, Wigan is the most underreported side. Unless, that is, there’s controversy or a outspoken comment needed, both of which usually come from Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.

The Lancashire club continues to fly under the radar, but Steve Bruce deserves more praise after turning the club around last season, escaping relegation and turning the team into a serious threat this season.

Bruce made one of the transfer coups in the summer by signing Amr Zaki on loan from Zamalek. The Egyptian striker has already proven himself by scoring five goals this season and there are plenty more to come from him.

Along with Zaki, Bruce signed three other players this summer featuring Lee Cattermole from Middlesbrough and Olivier Kapo and Daniel de Ridder from Birmingham City.

One of the biggest differences about Wigan this season is their ability to score goals. Fifteen so far this season. As well as Zaki, Emile Heskey has been on stellar form this season and the combination of those two up front can be, on the night, one of the best striking partnerships in the league.

Bruce has a squad of hard-working players that play together well as a team. Players such as Kevin Kilbane, Antonio Valencia, Titus Bramble, Jason Koumas, Paul Scharner, Wilson Palacios, Emmerson Boyce and Erik Edman.

With all of the hard work that Wigan has achieved this season thus far, the hope is that more football fans will attend matches at Wigan’s JJB Stadium.

This Sunday, Wigan Athletic plays Manchester City at home at 11am ET/4pm BST. Catch the match live and online in the EPL Talk Chat with host Johnathan Starling.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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