12th Man – Where there’s a Will there’s a way

Will Grigg Wigan Athletic

Will Grigg in fine form. Photograph courtesy of Wigan Athletic

Latics will be hoping to close the four-point gap on league leaders Burton Albion when they travel to bottom of the table club Colchester United on Saturday.

They are certainly capable of going on to claim the League One title as they now have the strongest squad in the division and in Will Grigg they have probably the best striker.

Nicky Ajose at Swindon and Adam Armstrong at Coventry currently lead the Scorers Table with 19 goals, but Grigg, with 17 goals, is now hitting top form despite his early season being disrupted by injury and International call-ups.

Grigg looks like eclipsing the 22 goals he scored in all competitions for MK Dons last season. He has scored 9 goals in his last 10 games and is improving just at the right time for Wigan’s promotion surge.

He is reaching peak form and should add plenty to his tally in the remaining games of the campaign.

When Gary Caldwell signed the 24-year-old Grigg at the beginning of the season, the striker was under tremendous pressure to deliver the goals for Latics promotion campaign. He has delivered so far, and he his surely capable of doing it in the Championship as well.

Grigg is not only driven by his desire for success with Wigan, but also by securing a place in Northern Ireland’s squad for the European Championships in France.

The Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill must have been very impressed when he watched him complete a hat-trick against Port Vale recently.

Grigg has the ability to make a big impact in the Euros especially if he can help Northern Ireland pull off some shock results in a difficult group with Germany, Ukraine and Poland.

Not only is Grigg a top goalscorer but he has many other good qualities as well. His desire to succeed and his work rate are excellent and his link-up play has been central to Latics’ best attacking play.

He is adept with both feet and he gets his fair share of headers and his movement off the ball means that he is always a problem for defenders.

He is usually in the right place at the right time and he will continue to score goals as long he gets good service.

Caldwell must be delighted with the acquisition of Grigg, who is likely to be the first Wigan Athletic striker to score more than 20 goals in a season since Nathan ‘Duke’ Ellington in 2004/05.

Grigg is now on the verge of a remarkable treble by making it three promotions in the last three seasons to the Championship. He was promoted with Brentford in 2014, then with MK Dons in 2015 and hopefully he will do it again with Latics in 2016.

This article was first published in the 12th Man column for the Wigan Evening Post on Friday 11th March 2016.

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