Martinez happy with squad

Franco di Santo
Franco di Santo
Share this article

ROBERTO Martinez insists he won’t be throwing money around ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

Speculation has been rife that the Wigan boss was looking to bolster his squad before the window slams shut at 11pm tonight, following the £9million sale of Victor Moses last weekend.

But Martinez insists he is happy with what he already has, and will only make a move if the right player comes up at the right price.

He also admits searching for a like-for-like replacement for Moses would be fruitless – because no such player exists.

“Victor was a joy to work with, and all the Wigan Athletic fans will have their memories of him,” Martinez said.

“I hope Victor treasures those memories because we all loved him and we had a fantastic bond.

“He never caused even one little bit of trouble. He was an incredible ambassador for the football club.

“But that’s all in the past now. You can’t keep looking back.

“With all due respect, we’ve already played two games and won them – and it seems an eternity since Victor was here.

“We will miss him and we will want to miss him because he was a unique character. But as a football team, you have to be adaptable enough to cope without one player and I think we have done that.

“In the last two games we have shown we can play, score goals and win games without Victor. That’s the aim in football – being able to evolve and adapt.”

Martinez remains fully focused on tomorrow’s visit of Stoke, but he admits he’ll be keeping his phone switched on tonight in case any last-minute deals present themselves.

“On the whole, I’m really pleased with the players we’ve got, but I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t keep my eyes open – because sometimes in the last 48 hours you get opportunities you can’t turn down,” he added.

“It will be daft not to keep your eyes open because, as has happened in the last day or two, sometimes there are opportunities.

“But the truth is we’ve done all of our work earlier in the window, and we tried to bring the players that we wanted to bring really early so we could start the season.”

Martinez has brought in four players during the summer – Arouna Kone, Ivan Ramis, Fraser Fyvie and Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi on a season-long loan.

Miyaichi made his Wigan debut in midweek as a second-half substitute against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup.

But he has been left out of the Japan squad for their World Cup qualifier against Iraq next month.

“He (Miyaichi) doesn’t have match fitness and you would have to go back to April for the last time he played 90 minutes,” Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni admitted.