Wigan Athletic's Joe Garner has struggled since £1.25m signing from Ipswich Town

Joe Garner of Rangers celebrates scoring his secong goal during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Wigan Athletic signed Joe Garner from Ipswich Town in the summer.

18th February 2018, Carrow Road, Norwich, England; EFL Championship football, Norwich City versus Ipswich Town; A dejected Joe Garner of Ipswich Town

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.

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).

18th February 2018, Carrow Road, Norwich, England; EFL Championship football, Norwich City versus Ipswich Town; Joe Garner of Ipswich Town chases down the long ball

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.

Wigan Manager Paul Cook looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Wigan Athletic and Northampton Town at DW Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Wigan, England.

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