Bob happy with what he’s got

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

ROBERTO Martinez believes Latics have enough strength in their squad to drag themselves clear of relegation danger after deciding not to draft in reinforcements on transfer deadline day.

Latics managed to hang on to Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega after Tuesday’s frantic activity across the league.

But the club pulled the plug on a possible move for Watford defender Adrian Mariappa, leaving Chilean international Jean Beausejour – who debuted against Spurs in the 3-1 loss at White Hart Lane following a move from Birmingham City– as the only new addition.

Martinez made no secret of his desire to bring in “one or two” new faces, even if on loan.

But he refused to panic buy as the deadline approached, and retaining Rodallega is a considerable boost as Wigan aim to climb off the bottom spot during the next 15 matches – starting with Saturday’s visit of Everton.

The Spaniard said: “I’m quite happy to go with the squad we have got.

“Through the last two or more seasons the whole squad know what it takes to be competitive until the last day of the season and to survive in this league.

“It’s not about bringing players in for the sake of it.”

Now that the speculation surrounding Rodallega’s future has ended, Martinez will have to decide whether to recall him to the starting line-up for Saturday’s visit of Everton.