MARC Albrighton has declared his intention to extend his stay at Wigan Athletic.
The Aston Villa winger’s 28-day loan spell at the DW Stadium is set to end later this week but he says that if the chance to remain at the club is offered, he would certainly take it up.
Latics boss Owen Coyle said last week that he was hoping to keep the 24-year-old for longer and backed up those claims after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Brighton by confirming he is to hold talks with Villa boss Paul Lambert in the next couple of days.
Albrighton, who is ineligible to play in Latics’ Europa League match this Thursday, has featured in all four league games for the club since joining last month, starting the last two.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” he said. “I know that the clubs will probably talk on whether they’re going to extend the loan, I’d happily renew the contract and get a few more games here, definitely.
“As it stands I’ll be in training for a couple of days here and then go back. I’d definitely like to stay though.
“The lads have been brilliant and they’ve got a plan here and the plan is to get straight back into the Premier League and I just want to play as many games for the club as I can and help them do that.”
Albrighton played 65 minutes of Latics’ 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday but was one of few to come out of the game with credit after a lively first half. However, the winger says his first home start was not one he will remember for the right reasons as it didn’t produce the result he wanted.
“It was a disappointing afternoon and one to forget,” added Albrighton. “I think in the first half we played alright and missed a couple of chances and should have probably gone in at half-time one or two up but we didn’t take them.
“The first 20 minutes we did well but didn’t convert anything and make it count. In the second half we didn’t get going, we started sloppy and never recovered from that.
“It was just an afternoon all round that we will want to forget I think.”
Latics produced a number of decent opportunities with Albrighton and Nick Powell in particular looking dangerous in the first half.
After the break though, Wigan’s chances were few and far between until they had gone behind. The afternoon was summed up when Grant Holt caught the Brighton defence napping to pinch the ball but fired wide with just the goalkeeper to beat. Albrighton has backed the striker to bounce back from the miss though.
“Usually Grant takes them, he’s made a living out of scoring goals so he’ll be disappointed with that,” he said.
“They then go up the other end and Lee (Nicholls) makes a fantastic save and we don’t react quick enough and we get done. We had time to get back in the game then, there was still a good 20 minutes left but it wasn’t to be.”