No need to panic, says Whelan

Wigan Athletic's Dave Whelan celebrates after the Premier League match at the DW Stadium, Wigan
Wigan Athletic's Dave Whelan celebrates after the Premier League match at the DW Stadium, Wigan

DAVE Whelan insists everything is going according to plan regarding Wigan Athletic’s summer recruitment.

The Latics squad – minus their international contingent – return for pre-season training at the end of the week, with the new campaign only a month-and-a-half away.

As things stand, the squad is five men down on last term in terms of numbers with Hugo Rodallega, Momo Diame, Steve Gohouri, Chris Kirkland and Hendry Thomas having moved on at the end of their contracts.

Roberto Martinez wanted to bolster his squad with ‘four or five’ new additions before the Euros.

But the Spaniard ended up jetting out for his media commitments without a single deal having been finalised.

With other clubs having been active in the market ahead of the big kick-off, Latics fans have been left to speculate who’ll be arriving at the DW during the transfer window.

Whelan, though, is not concerned in the slightest at the lack of incoming activity.

“There’s nothing to worry about as far as the fans are concerned, nothing at all,” he said.

“The lads are back in this week and that can sometimes move things along a bit.

“The truth is, we don’t really know how busy it’s going to be this summer.

“We lost five players from last year’s squad, and those will obviously all have to be replaced.

“But Roberto is already well on to the case. He’s always looking and I’m sure things are in good hands.”

Most of the transfer talk surrounding Latics has actually centred on outgoings, with Chelsea and Liverpool continuing to be linked with a move for Victor Moses.

Whelan (right) has already accused Chelsea of ‘taking the Mickey’ with their initial £3million bid.

But the Latics chairman accepts his better players being linked with bigger clubs is an inevitable consequence of life in the Premier League.

“We don’t know what will happen as far as who will ask for a move, who will come in for any of our players, who will be signing a new contract,” he added.

“All we can do is sit still and wait to see what develops.”