Wigan Athletic coach Leam Richardson is not worried about the future of Kyle Joseph despite reported interest from Celtic, Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur, as he told Wigan Today.
With the Latics third from bottom in League One and in real danger of successive relegations, Richardson could be forgiven for enduring a sleepless night or two with clubs in the top flight eyeing one of his most impressive performers.
What’s more, with his contract due to expire next summer, a Wigan side who entered administration last July may be forced to sell if they receive an offer of around £1 million.
But, perhaps surprisingly, interim manager Richardson is refusing to get carried away with just two weeks of the transfer window remaining.
“I’ve said it before, but there’s just no point whatsoever worrying about things that are beyond your control,” the 41-year-old explained.
“The reason these lads are getting mentioned (as a target for big clubs) is because they are doing something well on the field.
“If they keep being successful on the field, everything else will fall into place. We’re in no rush to make rash decisions at this stage.
“They’re not senior players, they’re still young lads who are forging their careers. They’re still learning their craft, they still have a lot to learn, and we are keeping them on the straight and narrow here.”
Joseph has scored five times in his breakthrough season, including a hat-trick in December’s 4-3 victory over Burton Albion.
Perhaps the best-case scenario would be for a Spurs or a Rangers to sign the teenage striker for a seven-figure sum, before loaning him back to the DW Stadium for the end of the campaign.
That would not only boost Wigan’s coffers but also aid their survival push.