Wigan chief Warren Joyce challenges Norwich City new boy Yanic Wildschut to handle Latics’ return
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Yanic Wildschut may be in for a hot reception on his swift return to Wigan with new club Norwich City.
Latics' chief Warren Joyce was desperate to keep the attacking midfielder before Wildschut handed in a transfer request last week to trigger a deadline day move to Carrow Road.
Wildschut admitted publicly the manner of his exit was likely to spark fury amongst sections of the Wigan support and Joyce believes it will be a test of the Dutchman's character on Tuesday night.
'It's going to be harder for him than us I think,' he said. 'Just over a week ago he was fighting for our corner, then everything happened as it did and we made our feelings clear at the time. But now he has to come and the supporters will decide how they choose to react and it's how he deals with it all mentally.
'We can't be affected by any of that. We know what a dangerous player he can be, he's quick and strong, and our defenders have obviously played against him in training many times. Ultimately, he's one of many threats they possess so we need to be wary of that but not to the detriment of the other dangerous players they have.'
Joyce is more worried about the threat from Alex Neil's squad.
'They're a really dangerous side filled with quality. But that doesn't mean that we can't compete with them,' he told Wigan's official site. 'Yes the difference in terms of budgets between teams in this division is frightening at times, they've just bought Yanic for a sum that probably buys our entire squad. But that has to go out of your mind when you're face to face on the pitch. Then it's who gets it right on the night, who works that little bit harder, who has the tactical edge, who has that little bit of poise we talked about, and those are the things we need to work on.'
Wigan desperately need the points to haul themselves out of the relegation zone and Joyce is calling for the backing of the home fans.
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'We need their help again, they were magnificent on Friday night (against Sheffield Wednesday),' he said. 'It's under the lights again against Norwich, so please come and support your players and give them that extra belief.'