Quick on the mark after recalling Dicko for his goal feast at Rotherham (click for story), Uwe Rosler has made the decision of recalling Rob Kiernan from his loan spell at Southend.
The recalls have upset both Southend and Rotherham fans (never mind the management) who see both players as key to their promotion campaigns.
Kiernan played in a tight Southend defence which conceded no more than 1 goal-a-match in all the games he played in. His sudden departure leaves Southend a little bit up the creek without a paddle defensively as the immediate alternative options are considered not to be up to the job.
His parting words to Southend fans “Would like to thank everyone at the club. The gaffer, staff and lads have been brilliant and I genuinely hope you get promoted this season” will indicate that he’s not going back any time soon.
Like Dicko, Kiernan’s contract is due to expire in summer and it would not be out of the question for Uwe to recall players in order to analyse them for inclusion in his squad. However, making a full early recall as opposed to bringing the player back to Wigan for training and then sending him back down to his loan club just for matches over the next few weeks, sends a very strong signal out. Especially over the important Christmas period.
Whether or not Kiernan will end up at Griffin Park who knows? He played for us last season as part of the Rosler/Warburton regime before getting injured and can play in a central defence, central midfield or a full back role. Warburton also knows him from his time at Watford.
With central defender Nugent not even making the bench, Brentford are no doubt on the hunt for a back-up centre back. Injuries and suspensions will be crucial to our run-in. Dean is already on 7 yellow cards. 3 more yellows before the 2nd week in April will see him on a 2 match ban.
The multi-talented Kev O’Connor has been given the nod on the bench as of late and is a great utility player. But a couple of injuries and suspensions in the defence and midfield could leave us stretched. And after last season’s close shout, Brentford surely won’t be taking any chances this season.
This is all speculation of course. And there will be plenty more as we approach the January transfer window. However, there is definitely some movement within the Wigan camp. Only time will tell if Rosler’s loanees will end up as part of his squad or elsewhere in the new year.