MARTYN Waghorn admits he’ll be a frustrated spectator tonight when Latics face his parent club Leicester.
The 24-year-old is on loan at Wigan from Leicester until the summer – an arrangement that prevents him playing in tonight’s Championship clash.
Latics face a tough test against the Foxes, but Waghorn believes they have the quality to come out on top and boost their own promotion hopes.
”I’m obviously not happy about not playing, because I wanted to keep my place in the side, but Leicester wouldn’t allow it,” Waghorn told the Evening Post.
“I’ll be there suited and booted and hoping we can do the business – it’s a big game for us as we try to keep up our promotion push.
“We’ve had some tough games recently and every team has these patches.
“But we’ve got a big squad with big characters and we’ve got the quality to get back to winning ways.
“Leicester have got a good squad with good spirit and are on a good run, but if you want to be promoted – as we do – you have to win games like this.”
Waghorn is well-placed to assess Leicester’s credentials, having spent over four years there.
He admits they’ll prove a formidable barrier – but says they are far from unbeatable.
“They’re a steady team – they don’t have major weakness or unbelievable masses of strength,” he added.
“They are a solid hard-working team who know how they want to play, and it’s going to be hard to break them down.
“But I’m a Wigan player now and my main focus is to get us promoted.
“If we could go up alongside Leicester, that would be a win-win situation for me.”
Latics chief Uwe Rosler admits the absence of Waghorn will leave a big gap in his side tonight.
“Martyn has been as good as I hoped he would be – probably even better,” the Latics chief said.
“He is a very effective player, probably not the kind who is an artist on the pitch.
“But he is a very reliable player, and you know exactly what you are going to get from him.
“I think he’s only played nine games, and he has three goals and eight or nine assists.
“That speaks volumes. He understands his role, he can play in different positions and, for a young player, he is very well educated football-wise.
“That allows him, at short notice, to play in different positions, which counts in his favour i terms of being available for the team.
“When you have all those attributes, it puts you in a very good position to play a lot of football for me.”