Carl Jenkinson a Loan option this summer?
The loan situation is something that Roberto Martinez has in the past been very very good at. Not only loaning player out, but also bringing players in on loan that can have massive impacts on our season. Tom Cleverly and Ali Al Habsi are two major loan moves that in the 2011/12 season helped us to survive in the Premier League. Last season Martinez only brought in one loan player and Patrick Van Anholt didn't have the same affect.
This season though, Martinez will need to use the loan market to add some strength in depth to our team and provide some necessary for the season. The positions that I am thinking of are the two wing backs, who we do seem to be a little bit light on if either Emerson Boyce or Jean Beasejour get injured. Or maybe a backup centre back to allow more cover in the centre of defence.
Either way any loan moves we make, for me will impact on our defence this season.
So who could we go for? Well one defender who could possibly be open to a loan move, is Arsenal's young defender Carl Jenkinson who is a player looking to gain Premier League experience. Last season he was part of the Arsenal team that got hammered 8-0 by Manchester United, but at time he showed some glimpses of quality.
What he would bring is a player full of energy who is eager to learn his trade, who could really play anywhere in the back three and even in the wide right full back position. Youth would be the way to go for those wing back positions with more energy to cover both forwards and backwards.
Another young player Wigan maybe interested in looking at is Ryan Bertrand the left sided full back. Now he is a Chelsea player so he may or may not come in on loan due to other transfer situations (Victor Moses). But he would be a great player to bring in to provide cover at left wing back or even on the left side of the defensive three.
He has a lot of energy and when he has played has looked very composed and very well rehearsed. It seems the kind of player that Martinez would look to go for to add something special to the team.
These are only two suggestions and two players that I feel we could bring in on loan and would help to add something to the team. Whether they will come, or whether the positions they fill will be filled by Martinez all together. Is a different matter.