January business a ‘certainty’ – Mackay

Wigan's Shaun Maloney
Wigan's Shaun Maloney

MALKY Mackay admits the events of the last 48 hours has exacerbated the need for Wigan Athletic to be big movers in the January transfer window.

The Latics chief had already anticipated being involved in the transfer merry-go-round to freshen up his struggling squad.

But he may have to wheel-and-deal more than originally thought as he tries to kickstart a New Year turnaround at the DW.

Roger Espinoza played his last match for Latics against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek before he returns to the MLS, while Mackay revealed after the game that Grant Holt will be sidelined for up to a year with damaged knee ligaments.

The Latics chief has also admitted there is ‘serious interest’ in Shaun Maloney with a number of clubs being linked to the Scotland playmaker.

“We knew we’d be losing Espinoza, but we obviously didn’t envisage losing Holt as well,” recognised Mackay.

“There’s a couple of others we may lose if it’s right for the football club that we do.

“But after that, it’s about what we can get in because it’s about making sure I make this team stronger – which I will do.

“It may take time, but I will ensure we are stronger all over the pitch.

“Whether some of that’s done in January and the rest is done in January, time will tell.

“But we certainly need to do some business in January.”

Striker Andy Delort is another facing an uncertain future, with the Frenchman being linked with a move away just four months after joining from Tours.

Despite scoring goals for the Development Squad in recent weeks – and with the first team struggling to find the mark – Delort has remained a fringe player.

“We put the players in the Development Squad to give them 90 minutes under their belt,” Mackay added.

“What I see in training every day is how I act in terms of team selection is concerned.

“The team I put out is the team I feel is going to do best for the club at that point.

“Everyone else has to be the best professional they can be and apply themselves as best they can to get involved in the future.”