Owen Coyle is hopeful of making the most of the loan market this season, as he seeks to strengthen Wigan Athletic’s squad for a testing season ahead.
In the past, Coyle has made good use of the loan system in bringing the likes of Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge to Bolton Wanderers for a season, both of whom added depth and quality to the side before making a bigger impact at their parent clubs.
As a Championship side, there are less restrictions on the number of players Latics can bring to the club on loan than when they were in the Premier League, but although the new boss wants to ensure he has healthy competition within his squad, he told Latics Player why recruiting the cream of the crop may have to wait until a little later in the transfer window:
“What you find with the loan market is that, particularly with the elite clubs, the top players will only become available towards the end of pre-season.
“They’re extremely talented young players who managers will want to take on pre-season tours and assess whether they can make an impact this season at their parent-club, before deciding whether or not to allow them to go out on loan.
“So we’ll have to be patient with certain targets, but it’s fair to say that I’ve put down a marker with certain clubs with regards to two or three players and the next couple of weeks will tell us if we’re going to be successful on that front.”
After a week in the job, Coyle explained how much of his work in the build-up to the start of pre-season training next week has been focussed on recruitments, and adding to a somewhat depleted squad, explaining:
“We’re actively trying to pursue certain targets and bring in the necessary quality to the football club to make sure we have a positive season.
“From the squad we’ve inherited I would say there are 14 bonafide first team players, three of which will miss the start of the season through injury; Ali Al Habsi, Ivan Ramis and Gary Caldwell.
“So it’s clear we need a number of quality players coming into the club over the coming month, and that’s what we’re working hard towards right now.”
To see what else the Gaffer had to say on bringing players into the club, the upcoming US pre-season tour and his ambitions for the club’s youngsters [click here]