Speaking to the London News Online, Wigan Athletic player and Charlton loanee, Nathan Byrne has said that he ‘loves’ Charlton Athletic and is ‘enjoying’ his time at the red Southeast London outfit. Could Wigan Athletic struggle to hold onto Byrne next season?
Wigan Athletic are looking likely to experience an instant relegation back into the third tier of professional English football. They currently sit 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship, accumulating a total of 40 points, sitting five points from safety, with three games to go against Cardiff City, Reading and Leeds United.
The Latics’ Nathan Byrne moved on loan to Charlton Athletic in the winter transfer window back in January and has become a regular in Karl Robinson’s setup, who is currently preparing for a restructure and rebuild in the upcoming summer transfer window to mount a promotion push in the 2017/18 season.
The winger is regarded as an instrumental player for Sky Bet League One and could be a vital player for Wigan Athletic to mount an instant return to the Sky Bet Championship if they do experience relegation back into Sky Bet League One.
However, speaking to the London News Online, Byrne made clear that he loves being at Charlton Athletic and is enjoying every moment as an Addicks player.
“I love this club and I’m enjoying my time here. I’m just focused on the last two games and then will see what happens.”
The winger went on to praise the talent in the dressing room and his confidence in Karl Robinson for next season.
“I knew the talent in the dressing room when I came in. As a team we have really under-achieved this season.
“A pre-season with the manager will really help because he will really nail down what he wants to do and the players he really wants. I’m certain that Charlton will be up there next year.
“The focus is on building for next year and really having a go for it.
“All the boys know there have been games where we haven’t turned up or performed to our full capabilities. That’s disappointing for us and frustrating for the fans as well.”
If Byrne is loving and enjoying his time as a Charlton Athletic player, could Robinson persuade the winger to move to the red Southeast London outfit on a permanent basis in the upcoming transfer window?
If Wigan Athletic pull off a miracle, and somehow escape relegation into League One, then losing Nathan Byrne may not be too much of a concern. However, if the Latics experience relegation, and will require a rebuild to bounce back to the Championship, could Byrne moving to the Addicks be a significant loss?