JONATHAN Jackson insists Wigan Athletic will return from their international break with a far stronger squad than they entered it.
Latics travel to Blackburn on Saturday hoping to extend their winning run to three matches.
Since the 4-0 victory over Birmingham on August 30, Latics have lost James McArthur but signed Adam Forshaw, William Kvist and Andy Delort as well as landing loan ace Emyr Huws on a permanent deal.
And the Latics CEO can’t wait to see how the new lads bed into an already-talented squad aiming for promotion under Uwe Rosler.
“We’ve spent a bit of money but we’ve brought in several quality players and I think the squad has a far stronger look about it,” Jackson told the Evening Post.
“I’ve watched the new lads in training, and they all look like good players who will add something to the team.
“Obviously we’re all disappointed to lose James, but we’ve managed to break even over the last few years partly due to selling key players such as James McCarthy and Arouna Kone.
“This time we were one of the biggest spenders in the window, and I feel it sends out a real statement of intent.
“It will allow us to compete with the best in the Championship, with strength in depth in every position – something we didn’t have last year.
“Our squad last season included a lot of loan players like Nicky Maynard and Jack Collison, but now we’re full of contracted players who all add something to the squad.
“There’s a real balance now and, under the strong leadership of Uwe, we’re showing real ambition going forward.
“We’ve shown a real desire to get back into the Premier League, and everyone’s looking forward with confidence to getting back into action.”
And Martyn Waghorn, scorer of Wigan’s fourth goal against Birmingham in their last outing, reckons the international break will enable Latics to hit the ground running on their return at Rovers.
“You never know whether it’s a good or bad time to have an international break – but we’ll probably see it as a good thing,” he said.
“A few of the lads were glad of the break in games so they could recover from the intensity of the early-season programme.
“You can’t pick and choose, but we’ll take advantage of the break and come back fitter and fresher.”