UWE Rosler is already happy with his first signing as Wigan Athletic manager – before the January window has even opened!
Rosler is expected to be a major player during the next month – both incoming and outgoing – as he reshapes his squad for the second half of the campaign.
But he has already added to his pool by recalling both Rob Kiernan and Nouha Dicko from loan spells.
Kiernan completed a whirlwind 48 hours after his return from League Two outfit Southend by making his Wigan debut in the 0-0 draw with Burnley on Sunday.
Rosler was delighted with the way the 22-year-old – who worked under the German in a previous loan spell at Brentford – handled his big day.
And he insists the Ireland Under-21 international, whose contract is up at the end of the campaign, will be given every chance to prove he has a future at Wigan.
“I know all about Rob, having worked with him at Brentford,” Rosler recognised.
“He had a very good time down at Southend, where he got more used to competitive league football.
“But I recalled him for a specific purpose – to use him.
“That is because of the injuries we have and the amount of players we have coming back from injury.
“We have the long-termers like Ivan Ramis, and also the short-termers like Emmerson Boyce.
“I didn’t know it was his debut but I am happy for him and looking forward to working with him in the future.
Rosler also hinted that Kiernan’s versatility will be a huge asset moving forward.
“I would have no hesitation to use him either in the back three or as a screener in front of the defence in certain games,” the Wigan boss added.