Loan stars will depart on our terms says Rosler

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler
Wigan manager Uwe Rosler

Uwe Rosler admits his phone has been hot this week with clubs wanting to take some of his fringe players off his hands.

But the Latics chief insists any departures will be on his terms and not those of the player or rival parties.

Since Rosler concluded his summer transfer business with four permanent signings on deadline day, he recognised the need to move on certain players who had slipped down the pecking order.

The loan market is open until mid-November, and the rumour mill has already suggested a few Latics players are being eyed up.

Grant Holt was linked with a move to rock-bottom Fulham, while the likes of Marc-Antoine Fortune, Roger Espinoza, Fraser Fyvie and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair played in the Development Squad’s 5-0 victory over Preston earlier this week.

“We have had phonecalls this week about our players,” Rosler revealed.

“We played three over-age players in the Development Squad on Tuesday, and they did very well, they did themselves justice.

“I guess that will come, enquiries will come.

“But it’s important that players go out on our terms – not on the cheap.”

With only Ben Watson and Chris McCann to come back from injury, Rosler admits he has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, resulting in Martyn Waghorn not even making the bench at Huddersfield in midweek.

“I had to make a tough call between Martyn and James McClean for the bench,” Rosler added.

“I was heartbroken when I told Martyn he wouldn’t be involved, because he didn’t deserve that.

“He’s worked so hard to put himself in the position to challenge, and he got his goal against Birmingham.

“But on Tuesday, for tactical reasons, because McClean can also play left wing-back, I went that way.

“James hadn’t trained or played much football this season and at some point we had to integrate him back into the squad.

“I felt Tuesday was a good time against the Huddersfield centre-backs who I feel lack a bit of pace. I was hoping he could have worked the channels and hurt them.”