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Wigan have been busy in the transfer market, bringing in Cousins, Charlton keeper Ben Amos, Portsmouth pair Tom Naylor and Jack Whatmough, Ipswich winger Gwion Edwards, .
Sunderland top scorer Charlie Wyke and his teammate Max Power and Stoke-linked Rochdale striker Stevie Humphrys.
They have won all three away friendlies so far, against Oldham, AFC Fylde and Bootle.
Manager Leam Richardson said: “We’ve got two really tough games against Stoke and Preston next.
“Both are fantastic clubs, with great managers & players, and it’s another step forward for us and to gage where we’re at. If we hit those numbers, it’s good preparation for the campaign coming.”
Michael O’Neill has flipped largely between a back three and 4-3-3 over the last 12 months and it seems like he is leaning towards the former at the moment.
The key phrase as he explained his thinking regarding that was that it suited the personnel Stoke have at the minute. A 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 needs wingers – and Stoke aren’t blessed with senior bodies in attacking wide areas.
Tyrese Campbell might turn that on its head when he returns and Alfie Doughty can operate on the wing or at wing-back. There’s Josh Tymon and perhaps D’Margio Wright-Phillips can catch the eye but Tom Ince and James McClean seem on the way out.