Rosler throws his full backing behind Huws

Emyr Huws is challenged by Shaun Maloney last season
Emyr Huws is challenged by Shaun Maloney last season

UWE Rosler admits he’d have no qualms about throwing new signing Emyr Huws in at the deep end when the Welshman eventually joins Wigan Athletic.

Latics snapped up the 20-year-old midfielder last week on a six-month loan deal from champions Manchester City.

He’ll prove to be a welcome arrival in the engine room, given Wigan’s current shortage of fit midfielders.

James McArthur and new-boy Don Cowie both played their first football of pre-season in the defeat against Fortuna Dusseldorf at the weekend after injury, while Roger Espinoza has only just returned to training after the World Cup.

With James McClean and Shaun Maloney having picked up fresh injuries in recent weeks, and long-term duo Chris McCann and Ben Watson already out for the start of the season, it’s little wonder Latics were so keen to bring in Huws .

However, the situation is far from ideal with Huws currently away in the USA with City, and not now expected to join up with Latics until next week.

With City short of bodies themselves while their World Cup contingent enjoy a break, Huws has been enjoying first-team football – playing the last half-hour of the 5-1 victory over AC Milan in the Guinness International Champions Cup on Sunday night.

With City facing Liverpool tonight and Olympiakos on Saturday – and a possible final on Monday to come – Wigan’s hopes of integrating Huws into the squad during their German tour have gone up in smoke. And that would leave him with less than a week to get settled in before the Championship opener against Reading on August 9.

That said, given the current situation, the Latics boss is confident Huws will be good to go from day one.

“Emyr is a very fit lad who will give us exactly what we need in the midfield,” Rosler told the Evening Post.

“He will not have worked with us but he has been doing great work with City, and he will be ready to play from the start.”