In our midweek catch up, manager Uwe Rosler laid down his hopes for the January transfer window, as well as the current injury situations in the squad.
In his first transfer window as Wigan Athletic manager, Rosler said his aims to strengthen the squad are more likely to come in the form of loan deals than permanent transfers.
“There is not a lot of room for making long term signings, I’m looking very much into the loan market,” said the 45-year-old.
“I inherited a full squad which had been invested in heavily because of the demands of this long season and the European games.
“We’ll look to bring in quality loan signings to help us until the summer, but I think there will be more activity during the summer than in this transfer window.
“I’m in a confident mood that at the end of the transfer window we will be stronger in terms of quality, but more importantly in terms of the balance of the squad.”
On the topic of transfers Rosler continued:
“We need to add a few players and once we have done that then there is room for one or two players to go out.
“Some of our younger players are definitely available for loan, Fraser Fyvie for example who wants to get first team football.
“I’ve told him that he can once we have players back from injury, only then will he be available for loan.”
One of Latics’ other bright young prospects Rob Kiernan has been involved in the previous two Championship matches as a second half substitute, a player Rosler has high hopes for.
“Rob Kiernan for me is a first team player and very much a part of my squad right now.
“I think when everybody is fit I have to look into his position and assess if there is enough room for him to get regular playing time, but he is very good in training and I trust that I can bring him into the team at
“I’m very interested in the development of Rob, there may be a time that we’ll loan him out again at a level of football that he can make his next step to come closer to our first team.”
Kiernan had been on loan at League Two Southend United until the last week of December, as had Nouha Dicko with Rotherham United, somebody Rosler admitted there had been interest in.
“We have had enquiries about Nouha, but I’m not in any rush to make a decision because I want to see him more in training and in games to be able to make up my mind.
“When you score goals like he did in League One for Rotherham and in the Championship with Blackpool, he becomes hot property and there is no shortage of takers.”
While transfer news is hot on the agenda, Rosler also added that he’s growing happier with the current injury situations within the team.
“There is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel with our injured players,” he added.
“There has been improved and hopefully there will be one or two more players available for Saturday.”
This week is the first time Rosler has had the chance to work with his team without a midweek fixture, something he has seen as a major positive.
“It's been very nice to have a full week to schedule preparation around, because we haven't had that since I've been manager.
“I had a plan to have two weeks like this but unfortunately next week we have a midweek game again.
“We have had players on different types of training schedules to make sure they are all recovered and ready for the Bournemouth game at the weekend.”