Wigan's transfer policy may hint at need to bring back Manchester United youngster

The Latics have strengthened in key areas this summer, but are still struggling to find a Championship level goalscorer.

Head coach Uwe Rosler has signed five players this summer, shoring up an already impressive defence, but has only brought in one striker so far - with 28-year old Spaniard Oriol Riera arriving from Osasuna.

The former Barcelona youth prospect has spent most of his career in the Spanish second division - holding a less than stellar goalscoring record - before an impressive 2013/14 season saw him net 13 times in 37 games for Osasuna, although he failed to keep the club in La Liga.

Riera enters as something of an unknown quantity for the Championship, and Wigan fans will be hoping that he can successfully lead the line for the Latics this season - especially following the departures of the two top scorers at the DW Stadium last season.

Nick Powell and Jordi Gomez both netted seven times in last seasons Championship campaign - an incredibly low tally for a club that has visions of a return to the Premier League. Marc-Antoine Fortune - the first out-and-out striker on the list - only scored four league goals last season.

Of those three, only Fortune remains - with Powell having returned to Manchester United following the end of his loan, and Gomez joining Sunderland on a free transfer

Rosler has confirmed that he is looking at striking talent to bring in, telling Wigan Today that he is assessing his current squad situation.

The 45-year old coach said: "I’m looking at the midfield and also central striking positions, and we will continue to look for options there.

“Whether that will be permanent signings or loans for six or 12 months, we will have to wait and see.”

Whilst this suggests that Rosler is looking at certain players to fill the striking void in his team, his decision to leave his business until now has maybe cost him a wide selection of talent.

Of the selection of proven Championship level strikers who could be the difference between a mid-table finish and promotion, many of them have already confirmed their locations for next season.

Last seasons top scorer Ross McCormack has moved from Leeds to Fulham; highly sought-after Jordan Rhodes has agreed a new deal with Blackburn Rovers; Lewis Grabban has left the South Coast for the yellow of Norwich; Danny Ings, Sam Vokes, Charlie Austin and David Nugent are all preparing for the Premier League season following promotion with their respective clubs.

Of the strikers who hit 20 goals last season, only Troy Deeny and Chris Martin are theoretically available, although it is highly unlikely either would move to another Championship club with promotion at their current teams a real possibility - and the current crop of Premier League vultures circling with lures of top flight football and a higher wage.

If Rosler had moved quickly he may have been able to lure McCormack to Wigan, rather than seeing the Scottish striker head to West London. Nugent, who was out of contract, may have been willing to drop down a division in order to guarantee first-team football. However, the German coach has left himself in a situation whereby he is searching for a diamond in the rough of the Football League - or attempting to secure a loan from a top Premier League club.

Former loanee Nick Powell would be the obvious choice, with a return to the DW Stadium likely to be applauded by the fans. He impressed during his spell last season, and it has been reported that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is willing to let him depart Old Trafford again this season. However, with Rosler having still not made a move for the England Under-21 international, a number of Premier League clubs have shown their interest in the player - including Hull City.

Rosler will have to break from tradition and move quickly if he intends to bring Nick Powell back to the DW for next season, otherwise Wigan may find themselves in the Championship for a further season longer than they intended.

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