Davies: We’ll be fine without Holt

Grant Holt
Grant Holt

CRAIG Davies insists the Wigan Athletic striking ranks remains as strong and competitive as ever despite the loan exit of Grant Holt.

Latics offloaded 34-year-old Holt to Wolves last Friday, representing a lofty saving on the wage bill in the process.

Even though he’s gone, there’s still great competition for places up front as there is across the whole squad

Craig Davies

With the likes of Davies, Will Grigg and Jordy Hiwula champing at the bit for a starting spot, and loan duo Shaq Coulthirst and Haris Vickic returning from injury, Gary Caldwell still looks to have plenty of other options.

While predicting Holt will score goals for Wolves, Davies believes Latics are in good shape to withstand his departure.

“I wish Grant all the best and I hope he does really well at Wolves,” Davies told the Evening Post.

“I like him on the pitch and, more importantly, off the pitch as well.

“Wolves is a good club – I’ve been there myself and it’s a really good set-up.

“Even though he’s gone, there’s still great competition for places up front as there is across the whole squad.”

Davies has come on as a substitute in the last three matches after over a month out with hamstring trouble.

And he’s hoping for a start in the FA Cup first-round tie at Bury this weekend to remind boss Caldwell he has lost none of his goalscoring prowess.

“On a personal note I just want to keep plugging away and giving the manager as big a headache as I possibly can,” Davies added.

“The games are coming thick and fast, they’re all big games, and of course you want to be involved.

“Hopefully we can keep our unbeaten run going, and keep up the feeling around the town and the training ground.”