Boss looks ahead to Monday’s test at the John Smith’s Stadium against the high-flying Terriers.
- Warren Joyce previews Wigan Athletic v Huddersfield Town.
- Joyce confirms Adam Bogdan will miss the remainder of the season.
- “Huddersfield are an exciting team,” says Joyce.
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce has admitted he is continuing to learn day-by-day with his Latics side as they prepare for third game under his stewardship on Monday night against Huddersfield Town.
Talking to Latics PlayerHD before the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium, Joyce said:
“It’s a learning time for myself and the players at the moment because I’m putting my ideas across.
“The more you see of them in the environment we create, then the better we are at being able to judge how they are and how they react to certain situations. They’re certainly working hard on the things we want to do.”
In terms of team news, Joyce will go into the game with a number of uncertainties in terms of availability, although he confirmed that on loan Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury, whilst Craig Morgan is suspended after collecting his fifth yellow card of the campaign at Barnsley.
“Adam Bogdan is obviously out for the rest of the season, which is bitterly disappointing for him and the club at this moment in time,” Joyce added. “But you couldn’t ask for a better pro than Jussi Jääskeläinen to step in. He was cool and calm and went on and gave an assured performance at Barnsley.
“Elsewhere, Nick Powell has trained the last couple of days, but he’s playing catch up a little bit with his fitness.
“There’s several players, to be fair, who haven’t had a lot of football this season, and Craig Morgan is one of those too who I thought was outstanding last week considering he hasn’t played a game this season, so it’s a shame to lose him for this weekend.”
Another player who impressed Joyce at the weekend was Yanic Wildschut, who operated in a more central role.
Assessing the Dutchman’s qualities, Joyce said he believes there is potential for Wildschut to transform himself into a dangerous striker.
“I look at Yanic Wildschut and he’s not too dissimilar to what we worked on at Manchester United with Marcus Rashford,” he explained. “He was a winger all the way through from the age of 10-11 and we worked on different things on his game and how to be more aware of getting himself in goal-scoring positions.
“I see Yanic as having similar traits in terms of dribbling with the ball because he’s really fast and has good technique. He can drift past players either way and can finish too, so it’s a process we’re examining because I see him as an exciting player who can create things for himself and score goals.”
David Wagner’s Terriers currently sit fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table after a blistering start saw them set the early pace in the division before their recent run of just one win in six matches has halted their progress.
Joyce still expects a fierce test, though.
“I watched Huddersfield earlier on in the season when they played Wolves and they played some really attractive football,” he continued. “They were bright and very expansive in the way they played. They’re an exciting team and we know it’s going to be a tough game for us.
“I think it’s a different type of game [to Barnsley] because they’ll offer different problems to what Barnsley did in terms of the style of play. We have to equip ourselves to deal with them and find ways of us hurting them as well.”