Wigan Athletic supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on the performances of former Ipswich Town man Joe Garner so far this season, after it emerged he is in line to spearhead the Latics’ attack against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
Wigan signed Garner from Ipswich in the summer for a reported £1.25 million fee, allowing the Tractor Boys to make a quick profit on him after signing the striker from Rangers in 2017 (East Anglian Daily Times).
Garner scored ten Championship goals for Ipswich in 32 games last season despite battling fitness. Ipswich have missed his goals since, with just 11 strikes in 12 games so far this term.
But for Wigan, the former Ipswich man has struggled to get going, and some supporters have suggested they would rather see 16-year-old Joe Gelhardt come in instead of popular striker Will Grigg, who is out injured.
No Grigg or Jacobs tomorrow. Not ideal. Would’ve liked to see Windass up top but will have to be wing again. Garner needs to show literally anything sometime soon...surely!? #wafc— JamesSaintLatic (@JamesSaintLatic) October 19, 2018
I would give a chance to Lopez, wth cal on the wing, Windass up top with Powell behind— Gallen Leung (@GallenLeung) October 19, 2018
Garner hasn't really shown promising signs being up front for us just a of yet...Calling up Gelhardt would give him great confidence with the form he is in— Conór Donnelly (@DonnellyWAFC) October 14, 2018
This lad can’t be any worse than Garner https://t.co/MTPoW42aeo— James (@WafcJames98) October 14, 2018
With Vaughan and Grigg(potentially) on the sidelines, it leaves #wafc with just Joe Garner in the strikers department.— Jay Whittle (@JayWhittle6) October 14, 2018
Bold call, but I’d seriously consider calling Joe Gelhardt into the first-team to see how he fares.Seems like a top prospect, and it’s showing with his form
Said exactly the same to my lad earlier today. Garners not gonna get you goals, I think we've all seen that so give the kid a go in an emergency. Any aspiring pro would love the chance #ifyourgoodenoughyouroldenough— Andrew Henderson (@Wigtixfan) October 14, 2018
Garner not producing? Was quality at Preston— Ben Waudby (@benwaudby14) October 15, 2018
Garner has made just three Championship starts since trading Portman Road for the DW Stadium in the summer, with his last brief appearance coming in the 4-0 drubbing to local rivals Preston North End.
It seems the 30-year-old has failed to make an impression with Wigan supporters wanting him to work harder, while his average of 0.3 shots per game is among the lowest of any striker in the Championship (Whoscored).
Garner's lack of form comes as a surprise considering how he fared for Ipswich last term, yet he isn’t the only one who is struggling following an exit from Portman Road - as Derby County’s Martyn Waghorn is also out of form.
Perhaps former boss Mick McCarthy’s ability to get the best out of players at Ipswich was underestimated, or the current strike duo simply need more time to get up to speed at their new clubs.
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