What can we expect from Marc Albrighton?

Scott Heavey

Wigan have signed the Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton. The England U21 arrives at the DW for a 28 day loan. But what can we expect from the winger?

The talented winger signed for Villa back in 1998 and came up through the clubs youth system. He made his Premier League debut in the 2-1 defeat to the Latics in the 2009-10 season coming on as a second half substitute. (The game you will remember with the Hugo Rodallega wondergoal).

Albrighton has signed on a 28 day emergency loan as we lack in attacking creativity and width, with our best player out for a number of months, the gap Shaun Maloney has left has yet to be filled by one of our own players. Jordi Gomez would be the first option but he just isn't consistent enough, the Spaniard trots around the centre of the field recieving the ball and sending it out wide and might come up with a game winner every 5 games but he isn't half the player Maloney is. James McClean isn't good enough in my opinion, he's a useful asset on the counter attack but his passing is below par and runs into trouble way too often. McManaman is our only useful out and out winger and he still isn't back to his usual self yet after his injury last year. It has been known that Owen Coyle is a big admirer of Albrighton as he tried to sign him at Bolton.

The lively wide man is a useful asset to have in this league, he's got a quick change of pace, very skilled with his feet and can put a good cross in whilst popping up with the odd goal. He is very much a winger like McClean or Mcmanaman although I see no reason why he couldn't play in the hole if something happens to Nick Powell and Coyle has lost every hope in Gomez.

From  the little I have seen from the U21 winger, his most useful skills are his pace and his passing. He can open up defences on the counter and put in a killer ball, float one to the back post or drill it across the six yard. They will both be extremely useful although the latter will be more suited to our style of play. Coyle has always been a big fan of playing men out wide and putting crosses in the box. With the attacking options of Grant Holt, Nick Powell and Marc Antoine Fortune, Albrighton will certainly become an important supply line for the strikers along with the likes of Jean Beausejour, James McClean, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez.

The Football League have ratified the loan of Albrighton so he is eligible to be named in the squad for the visit of Harry Redknapp's QPR tonight. He is set to be named in the squad, it is predicted that he will almost certainly feature tonight but how important will he be?

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