UWE Rosler is backing Josh McEachran to step up and fill the large hole in the Wigan Athletic midfield vacated by Ben Watson.
Latics were rocked yesterday by the confirmation that Watson suffered a double leg break in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Barnsley.
The 28-year-old had been in red-hot form, and will leave huge shoes to fill in the engine room.
McEachran replaced Watson in midweek, and is in line to make his first Wigan start at Brighton tomorrow.
Rosler withdrew the Chelsea loanee in the closing stages of the win over the Tykes – possibly with half an eye on this weekend.
And the Wigan chief admits McEachran has all the quality to make a big impression between now and the end of the season.
“Josh came on against Barnsley and took five or 10 minutes to settle in, but I thought he played very well,” recognised Rosler.
“Everything went through him down that left-hand side, and we looked a dangerous team going forward.
“In the second half, for one reason or another, we passed the ball around the back four a lot but we never really got Josh involved.
“They marked him out of the game, they tried to run over our midfield, they brought on another forward and went long at every opportunity.
“We couldn’t get Josh on the ball, and I just felt I needed to bring on a little bit more energy and physicality to cope with their approach.
“That doesn’t mean I was disappointed with Josh’s contribution.
“I was delighted with the way he got on the ball and I know our supporters appreciate him as much as I do.”