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#66: Sam Tickle (Wigan Athletic)

2024/04/04 14:50
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Next up on the list is a man who made his England U21 debut recently; Wigan Athletic’s Sam Tickle.

Always highly rated but perhaps a beneficiary of Wigan’s major financial issues, Tickle was promoted to being the Latics’ out and out first-choice goalkeeper this season and the Warrington-born stopper has been immense for the Lancastrians.

The 22-year-old has been crucial for Wigan as they guide themselves through the choppy waters of beginning this season with a points deduction as well as a small and inexperienced squad.

In his first full EFL campaign, Tickle has made 41 appearances with only two goalkeepers to have made 40 or more appearances, making 2.9 saves per game on average throughout this campaign and keeping 13 clean sheets in total. 

He has shown himself to be an excellent shot stopper but the job of a modern day goalkeeper, and especially one with international aspirations, is to be good on the ball and he ticks that box, too, with the sixth most accurate short passes per game of any ‘keeper in League One, averaging just 0.1 inaccurate short pass per game. 

Wigan will believe their future is bright and can be sustained with an array of excellent academy products, but Tickle is the pick of the bunch. 


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2024-04-04 15h03m by jreedmanbrst
As a football fan, I can't wait for the end of the 2023/24 Championship, League One and League Two campaigns! The promotion and relegation battles are making it so exciting to watch. Can't wait to see who will be the heroes and villains in the remaining games. @Playmaker, love your annual countdown of the EFL's best performers, even though it's always controversial. Just remember, it's all about the stats, not just the players' skills
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