Roberto to play waiting game

Patient - Roberto Martinez
Patient - Roberto Martinez
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ROBERTO Martinez is determined to get the maximum benefits out of his two domestic loans – even if it means hanging on to them until January.

The Wigan boss is readying himself for a busy 24 hours or so, with the transfer window slamming shut at 11pm tomorrow night.

Spanish winger Albert Crusat is in the North West to put the finishing touches to his £2m transfer from Almeria – expected to be completed this morning – with Martinez hoping to bring in another couple of signings before the deadline.

Latics took full advantage of the loan market 12 months ago, with Ali Al Habsi and Tom Cleverley proving to be two of their most effective players last term.

With only two domestic loans allowed, Martinez is biding his time, fearful of jumping in too early and missing out on a real bargain as the deadlines approaches.

“We are analysing all of the possibilities very carefully, but I just feel this window is probably not the right time to be looking at loans,” he told the Evening Post.

“We’re trying to be as careful as we can because you are only allowed two domestic loans at any one time.

“The system is a little bit frustrating, because you can bring in as many players from abroad but only two from Premier League clubs.

“And that is a little too restrictive when you are trying to develop young players in this country.

“There are a couple of players we would to love to have on loan, but we are not going to stop that happening by not having the option to do that at the end of the window.”

Meanwhile, Martinez has played down talk of a rift between James McCarthy and the Republic of Ireland national camp.

McCarthy was named in Ireland’s U21 squad for the Euro qualifiers against Hungary and Turkey, having been left out of Giovanni Trapattoni’s senior squad.

“I wasn’t surprised at all, because he hasn’t been full fit with his ankle for a while,” added Martinez.

“I can understand completely what they are doing, taking it easy with him. They’re trying to protect the player as much as they can.

“I’m sure James will be fit and available for Ireland’s senior team very soon.”