Fervent speculation surrounds the future of Wigan loanee Yanic Wildschut as the transfer window looms, whilst Wigan manager Gary Caldwell provides the latest updates on the situation.
Since signing with the Latics on loan from Middlesbrough on October 1st, the 24-year-old Dutchman has provided a much needed spark to ignite a faltering Wigan attack.
Dominating defences with a unique combination of agility, speed and power, Wildschut has become arguably Wigan’s most important and potent piece in a multi-faceted Wigan team. Wildschut has scored 4 goals and assisted many more through an uncanny ability to burst past defenders into the box before deftly squaring to open attackers.
As Wildschut’s loan expiry date of January 2nd inches closer, a decision will have to be made on the part of Latics manager Gary Caldwell as to whether the club will indeed pursue either a loan extension or a permanent transfer during the month on January.
Speaking with Wigan’s club website, Caldwell said “some of our loan players are here until the end of the season and some until January. They are ongoing situations which we’ll keep an eye on and look closely at when the time comes.
“Yanic is here until January 2. We’re speaking to Middlesbrough and it’s an ongoing situation, so when something gets sorted we’ll make sure the supporters are the first to know.”
Further addressing Wildschut’s loan, Caldwell spoke to Wigan Today “he’s still a player we believe has a big future in the game, and we hope it is here at Wigan.”
During Wigan’s recent period of strife, in which the club recorded zero wins between the 21st November and 19th December, Wildschut began to see his role diminished, becoming more of a impact substitute, suggesting League One teams had studied the Dutchman’s play and began to adapt to it.
Gary Caldwell spoke of this further, suggesting the club can survive without Wildschut “we’re certainly not a one-man team, “I think at times we maybe became a little bit predictable with Yanic in the team.”
“to have a player of his quality to come off the bench is amazing for any manager to have.”
The fate of Wildschut will likely lie in the hands of Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, who has remained tight-lipped on the Dutchman’s position, or where he will be playing come the end of January.