Mackay still scouring loan market for new players

Jerome Sinclair
Jerome Sinclair

MALKY Mackay is still desperately seeking a new striker that can help Wigan Athletic rediscover their ‘little extra edge’ in front of goal.

Latics once again paid a high price for failing to put the ball in the back of the net against Watford in midweek, slipping to a 2-0 home defeat despite competing for long periods.

We’ve managed to bring in another couple this week, young Jerome for a little bit of experience and Josh, who showed his potential in the second half against Watford

Malky Mackay

Mackay has already made loan swoops this week for Liverpool striker Jerome Sinclair and Norwich winger Josh Murphy, and is ‘scouring’ the market for one more attacker ahead of next week’s deadline.

“We’re still going to try and do something else,” admitted the Latics chief. “But it’s not exactly a flourishing market as you’ve seen. There’s not exactly a lot of movement there.

“We’re scouring for that, but so are 23 other clubs.

“We’ve managed to bring in another couple this week, young Jerome for a little bit of experience and Josh, who showed his potential in the second half against Watford.

“They’re not exactly growing on trees right now. I don’t think there’s too many teams finding those kind of players.”

Lack of goals has dogged Latics all term, with Marc-Antoine Fortune having bagged only once in the league, and last summer’s signings Oriol Riera and Andy Delort having already been shipped out on loan after notching once between them all campaign.

“What we are in is exactly what I knew when I arrived – that the strikers we had aren’t doing the business,” Mackay acknowledged.

“Two of those are now back in France and Spain, and at the moment we are playing well enough, we’re defending resolutely enough and we’re getting plenty of possession.

“But at the end of the day you’ve got to put the ball in the back of the net, and the teams at the top of the league have got that little extra edge in players that can do that – and the teams at the bottom don’t.”

Latics have a short turnaround before Saturday’s home derby against Bolton, who rested five men at Ipswich on Tuesday in preparation.

“I don’t care about that one bit,” Mackay added. “I don’t care about what they do or don’t do. Good players are able to play three games in a week. They just get back on it.

“It’s an important game for us at the weekend, a tough game, a local derby, and a good atmosphere.

“I said to the boys after the Watford game, it’s important we get back up and give it everything again – exactly what they gave me on Tuesday.

“Can we just add that little bit of extra quality in that final third, in terms of clinical nature? But other than that, if they keep giving me what they’ve been giving me in recent weeks, we’ll win games.”