Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday November 7 2009
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez says that it is imperative to bring a new striker to the club in January now that Marlon King has left to serve time after he received his custodial sentence last week.
With just Hugo Rodallega and Jason Scotland as recognised first team strikers the Latics are very light up front so identifying and bringing in a new forward is a priority, speaking to Sky Sports Roberto says: 'We are light up front as we have lost Marlon King, which was unexpected.
'That is something we will have to look at and do something in the next window.
'We need to strengthen as we have lost a player and cannot leave ourselves open.
'We know our budget, the money we have to spend. But it is not just about that.
'It is about finding the right players and personalities. We will work on different markets to try and make things happen.'
The Latics boss says that severity of the case and the decision to give King a custodial sentence caught him out but until they can bring in a replacement focus is needed by the rest of the squad, he continues: "Obviously it is a drastic situation when you lose a player in those circumstances, but there is nothing we can do.
'We need to in the dressing room focus on the games we have got ahead.
Martinez speaks to Sky Sports about the King situation
Fans Forum Ticket Competition
Vital Latics have two tickets on offer for the up and coming Wigan Athletic fans forum to be held at the DW Stadium in the DW Fitness Lounge located in the South Stand on Tuesday 17th November 7pm kick-off.
The fans forum will give supporters the opportunity to meet and question manager Roberto Martinez; also there is a hotpot supper included, now that does make the mouth water.
Full details of the event are on the official site and can be viewed by clicking here
The event has always proved very popular in the past so if you want to be the lucky winner of two tickets, supplied by Wigan Athletic, then answer the following question and enter via link provided, closing date 10th November 5 pm.
Who is Roberto`s assistant manager:
a) Graeme Jones
b) Steve Bruce
c) Arsene Wenger
To enter click here
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Date:Saturday November 7 2009
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