The international break is always a strange time for a club our size. Especially now we’re back in the Championship, with only a handful of call ups and less emphasis on the heavy travelling of players from the Roberto Martinez and Steve Bruce era it should have had a beneficial impact over the last ten days. With plenty of time for new signings Adam Forshaw and Andy Delort to bed in with the rest of those players who haven’t gone on international duty.
Uwe Rosler can reflect on an improving if not sparkling start to the season. 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses isn’t promotion form but we also have to remember we’re only in September.
A glimpse of things to come was shown in the Birmingham game, Callum McManaman was unplayable and looks back to his best now he’s got over the injury problems that dogged him during last season.
Add to the performance of the players already here the signings of international class players like William Kvist who captained Denmark recently along with the permanent capture of Emyr Huws the future is looking bright for Uwe’s Latics. The strength of the squad is one of our strongest assets and where Uwe’s squad rotation policy will come in to play.
Blackburn represents one of the toughest tests of the season so far. Despite the issues surrounding the club Gary Bowyer has built a strong squad and with the ever prolific Jordan Rhodes heading their strike force they’ll be a dangerous side to face.
A largely second string Latics went to Ewood Park in May in what was virtually a dead rubber ahead of the play-offs. With a full strength side coming off the back of two resounding victories Latics will go in to the game full of confidence. Hopefully that confidence will be well founded on Saturday.