LATICS boss Uwe Rosler remains on the look-out for attacking reinforcements after landing Manchester City midfielder Emyr Huws.
Rosler yesterday secured the signature of the 19-year-old Wales international on a six-month loan deal – a very welcome addition to his injury-hit engine room.
Huws has been over in the United States on tour with the City squad, but will now fly to Germany where his new Latics colleagues will spend the next 10 days on their own training camp.
James McArthur and new-boy Don Cowie will play their first competitive football of the off-season during the three-match trip, while Ben Watson and Chris McCann are stepping up their recovery from long-term lay-offs.
With Shaun Maloney nursing a calf injury and James McClean having missed the German trip with an ankle problem – and Roger Espinoza only just starting his own pre-season after the World Cup – it’s no wonder Rosler was so keen to bring in Huws.
And it’s hoped another attacking player will be on board by the time Latics return from Germany at the end of next week, ahead of the big kick-off on August 9.
Rosler has at least received one positive fitness update this week, with the hamstring injury sustained by Marc-Antoine Fortune against Besiktas last week not as bad as first feared.
And the boss was delighted at landing Huws, having monitored his progress since their paths crossed at the City Academy four years ago.
“I know Emyr from a short spell I spent at City’s Academy in 2010-11, and he is clearly a very talented young player who has already broken through to the national squad,” said Rosler.
“He is a silky left-footer, versatile, who can dictate play with his passing, but who does not shy away from the physical demands of the Championship.
“City are looking for him to develop and, as we have demonstrated in the past, top young players are able to come to us and improve – both on the field with regular playing time, but also off the field in terms of absorbing our first-team training culture and discipline, and helping them to improve every facet of their professional life.”