Where do Wigan Athletic need another player?

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez wants one more signing for Wigan before the end of January, where do they need a player?

Roberto Martinez has always been shrewd when it comes to his transfer policy. Angelo Henriquez is the latest on loan signing from Manchester United and the gaffer has made it clear he wants another player.

He has added to the attacking fire power at the club so he may now switch his focus and attention to finding a top experienced defender to come in and help the side to stop conceding goals.

Wigan have conceded 22 goals at home this season which is more than any other club and 17 goals away from home which is the same as QPR at the bottom of the table.

“We want to bring in one more outfield player during this window, and that is where most of our work is focused on - It’s not something that is going to happen overnight – I think it might go all the way to the end of the window. But we are prepared to wait as long as it takes, and I would be satisfied with one more body,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

It’s likely that Martinez will opt for a versatile defensive player who can play in a variety of different positions across the back four.

This would not just give him cover over the rest of the season but also provide him with options if he needs to change the shape of the team in the middle of a game. Something he has not always been able to do this season.

Wigan’s midfield and attacking play can be as good as any other side in the Premier League at the moment but their consistency in giving away poor goals means more defensive strength is needed.

Clean sheets would allow Wigan to accumulate points, get out of the bottom three and start climbing the table towards safety. Their spell of form at the back end of last season is proof that the manager has the ability to keep his team playing well under pressure during crucial periods.

Arsenal’s Sebastian Squillaci is available and a possible signing but he is strictly a centre back and Martinez may struggle to convince him to join a club at the other end of the table.

Watch this space.

Do you agree? Where do you think Wigan need an extra player and whom?

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