Albrighton signs in time for QPR clash

Marc Albrighton

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MARC Albrighton looks set to make his Wigan Athletic debut against QPR after signing on loan from Aston Villa.

Manager Owen Coyle has this week been trying to complete the deal in time for tonight’s (Wednesday) game and it was feared yesterday that it wouldn’t go through on time.

However, the club has this morning announced that the 23-year-old has signed on a one-month loan deal.

“He is a player I have always admired and someone I tried to buy at Bolton a couple of years ago in the Premier League,” said Coyle.

“I have no doubts about his qualities. He has been on his way back and played against Spurs a few weeks ago – as much as Spurs won the game he was fantastic,”

Albrighton progressed through the academy ranks at Aston Villa before making his debut against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Cup back in February 2009.

He has struggled to make an impression at the Midlands club this season so far and his hoping to provide competition for first team spots at Wigan against fellow wingers James McClean and Callum McManaman.

Coyled added: “Marc has shown what an outstanding player he is time and again in the Premier League, and he is someone I have tried to sign in the past, so I’m delighted to bring him on board to strengthen our squad.

“He’s at a young age with the potential and scope to get even better; he’s quick, dangerous and pleasing on the eye and I feel he’s going to really enhance the attacking options we have at Wigan Athletic, particularly in light of Shaun Maloney’s absence.”

Coyle has cash available to spend as well and he is aware of the need to strengthen when the transfer window reopens.

He had hoped to add more players during the summer transfer window with money from the James McCarthy sale, however Everton boss Roberto Martinez only met Latics’ valuation at the last minute.

“Come January we will continue to strengthen, continue to bring in players that will strengthen Wigan Athletic,” Coyle added.

“We have a certain degree of money available to us we’ve not been able to spend. If the James McCarthy deal had been concluded earlier – certainly as I thought it would be – then that money would have been spent.”

Ivan Ramis is nearing a return to first-team action. The 29-year-old centre-back completed 90 minutes in a development squad friendly yesterday.