Strike duo can lead our survival bid – Mackay

Wigan's Martyn Waghorn
Wigan's Martyn Waghorn

MALKY Mackay believes he’s struck gold in the form of fledgling strike pair Martyn Waghorn and James McClean.

The Irishman has been a revelation in recent weeks since switching from wing to centre-forward, bagging in two of the last three games and looking his side’s biggest threat.

He was joined up front at Birmingham last weekend by Waghorn, back from more than two months out with a shoulder problem.

And Mackay saw enough from their 45-minute run-out to be optimistic about the rest of the season.

“It was a first at Birmingham, I’ve not had chance to use Martyn since I’ve been here,” Mackay told the Evening Post.

“To get another player with Championship experience who’s played up there back into the group was great.

“They looked like they were starting to combine well together, and we were in the ascendancy during that period.

“Losing Grant (Holt) was a massive blow, and come the end of the month who knows where one or two of the boys may be. We need to get as many experienced players into the fold as possible and Martyn falls into that category.”

As well as their ability, Mackay also says the strike duo possess the kind of attitude he’s looking for all of his players to be showing.

“Martyn came in to see me after a few days, just to introduce himself and tell me the minute he was over his injury he would do everything he could for me,” Mackay added.

“To have the personality to come over and do that speaks volumes about the boy, and he’s always got a smile on his face which I love.

“James is another bubbly character, and the two of them are young, keen and desperate to do well for the football club.

“I want people like that here. I want people who are wanting to be here and wanting to do well for the club.

“We need to keep adding to the squad with more and more of those types of people and players.”

Shaun Maloney’s move to Leicester City is expected to go through this week, although terms are still being discussed.