Ryo: Let me face Reading

Wigan's Ryo Miyaichi takes on Liverpool's Glen Johnson
Wigan's Ryo Miyaichi takes on Liverpool's Glen Johnson

RYO Miyaichi has begged Roberto Martinez to let him loose on Reading this weekend.

The Japanese winger returned from injury at Liverpool at the weekend as a second-half substitute, but couldn’t prevent Latics slipping to a 3-0 defeat.

It was Miyaichi’s fourth Premier League outing since joining Latics from Arsenal on loan - all of them off the bench - and he showed some nice touches down the right-hand side.

However, the 19-year-old is already looking ahead to the next game - and has the Royals in his sights.

“I enjoyed the weekend a lot, getting back out there on the field,” Miyaichi told the Evening Post.

“I hadn’t played for Wigan in a long time and it was nice to play again, although the result was very disappointing.

“I felt very comfortable after the injury and I suffered no problems.

“But, to be honest, I was a bit disappointed with my contribution.

“I didn’t manage to do the things I wanted - I didn’t really do anything.

“In every game I try to score and make assists, I managed to do neither so I can’t be happy with the way I played.

“I feel I need to do more for the team and I hope to be able to do that against Reading.”

Miyaichi’s solitary start this term came in the Capital One Cup at West Ham, and he is champing at the bit to show the Wigan supporters why Martinez was so determined to bring him in from the Gunners.

“I hope I get the chance to show the manager and the supporters what I can do, and I think this game against Reading would be perfect to do that,” he added.

“They had a great result last week against Everton, and they have shown they are ready to fight all the way to stay in the Premier League.

“But it’s a big game for us, and it’s vital we get something. We are at home and we need to win.”