Just three days remain until Wigan Athletic travel to Barnsley for their first Championship game since May 2005, but Jordi Gomez’s last game in the division was much more recent in 2009 and his final goal in the division came against none other than Barnsley at Oakwell.
The 28-year-old midfielder remembers it well and is hoping for a repeat outcome.
“It was my first season in England and my style of football suited the team I was in which is why I scored so many goals.
“My last goal in the Championship was at Barnsley so it’s quite funny that my first game back in the division is at Barnsley.
“I’ll be delighted if I have the chance to make my first goal back in this league against Barnsley as well because it’s important to make a positive start.
“A similar result would be good as well because that day with Swansea City we won 3-1.”
It’s not just the ground that will be familiar to Gomez as his ex-Swansea and ex-Latics team mate Jason Scotland currently resides in South Yorkshire.
Gomez warns that Latics will have to be careful when it comes to the Trinidadian striker as the Championship is the level he thrives at.
“Jason (Scotland) is a natural goal scorer and he has spent quite a lot of time in the Championship.
“He always scores goals at this level so we have to be aware of his quality and make sure that we keep him quiet on Saturday.”
When Scotland was at Swansea City he scored nearly 50 league goals over two season and at his new home with the Tykes he has six goals having made only six starts.
“It wasn’t easy for him when he came here (Latics) but then he moved back to the Championship with Ipswich and continued to score more goals.
“Now he’s at Barnsley and doing the same which proves how dangerous he could be against us.”
With the fire power of Marc-Antoine Fortune and Grant Holt at Latics’ disposal this season, Gomez believes they could be just as lethal as Scotland in the Championship.
“It was a pleasure to play with him (Scotland) and in terms of scoring goals, Grant (Holt) could be very similar to Jason in this division.
“Seeing Grant in training has been brilliant and he’s been scoring goals regularly for the last seven or eight seasons so I’m sure he can do well for us in this division.
“We understand how difficult this division is going to be and we won’t take things lightly but I think we have a lot of talent in the squad and Grant is certainly one of those players.”
Confident in the ability of the squad, Gomez explained that it will be a testing season with teams looking to beat Latics.
“It’s going to be difficult because we’ve just been relegated from the Premier League and everybody is going to want to beat us.
“The FA Cup win adds to that as well and teams will be looking at us as a big scalp, but we have to make ourselves ready for that.
“Every team matches you in the Championship, but I think we have a really good team that is capable of having a very good season.
“Our style of football is well suited to this league and I’ve seen it work before which should give us a good chance this season.”
We’ve got two more Countdown to Kick Off interviews for you this week with Marc-Antoine Fortune and Callum McManaman ahead of Saturday’s big game away at Barnsley.
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