Latics’ leading goal scorer Will Keane has been in prolific form recently and has grabbed 20 goals so far this season. Keane has notched four goals in his last five games and few people would bet against him bagging many more in the remaining nine games.
The much travelled number 10 has previously been troubled by a series of injuries but he has managed to remain fit for most of this season and it is the 29-year-old’s highest return of his career.
Perhaps the most significant aspect of Keane’s play has been that nearly all of his goals have been in or around the six-yard box. 18 in fact have come from inside or on the edge of the six yard box, the other two have come from the penalty spot.
Keane has been enjoying quite a footballing renaissance since joining Latics on a short term contract in 2020. Overall he bagged 11 goals in 34 games last season when Latics were in administration and fighting to stay in League One.
But this season his goal scoring has moved up to a new level and with the help of Latics’ assistant manager James Beattie, a former striker and England international, the Number 10 has become an exceptional poacher inside the six-yard box.
The former Manchester United starlet is the twin brother of Everton defender Michael and has recently forced his way into the Republic of Ireland squad and he will be hoping to play against Belgium this weekend.
Whatever the outcome with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday night, Keane will be expecting to add plenty more goals for Latics before the end of the season and it’s more than likely they will be in and around the six-yard box.