UWE Rosler says the “door is always open” for players to push their way into his side.
The Latics boss has constantly shuffled his back since he joined the club back in December and he says he bases his team selection on who performs best in training and in matches.
Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Blackpool, Rosler believes there is consistency in his team with his back line being very similar over the last few games.
“The top 11 will be decided by the players who are performing in training and in games,” he revealed.
“I have a team of maybe eight or nine players who I think will hopefully play.
“There’s always a door open for everybody. When you see how we’ve played the last games – with a back four with the same players, apart from the last game.
“Apart from that I think there is a consistency. When you see two out of three midfielders are playing more or less every game, there is a consistency.
“When you see the fact that Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman have been used in the right rhythm, you can only assume that we are heading where we are supposed to go.”
Rosler was delighted with Maloney’s return from the sidelines more than a fortnight ago.
He’s been even happier with his progress since coming back from injury and believes the depth in his squad has helped ease the Scot back in at the right pace.
“It is quite sensible management of a player coming back from injury and an extremely long rehabilitation,” said Rosler.
“We are playing him in the rhythm at the moment where he gets Saturday, Saturday, Saturday where he can have time to recover in the week and also time to train.
“I think that is needed for him to reach his top form, I think it’s a very good scenario and that is what we have done in the past and what we do now.
“He is on track and overloading him too early is something we don’t need to do, we are not in a desperate situation.
“We have top players in our squad who can play in that position.”
Rosler has also tipped Maloney to have a big impact in the end of season run in and play-offs.
“The quality he gives us and the team and the way he keeps the crowd going could be vital for us,” he added.
“I am very happy to have Shaun back, we have managed him the right way and he is fine.
“He is physically and mentally in a good condition and in the Millwall game I think he was our best player.
“Against Reading I thought he was tremendous for the first 50-60 minutes so I think it’s important to get a player like him fit and keep him fit.”
Rosler also confirmed that defender Ivan Ramis will miss today’s game through injury.