Villa man hoping to make big impression during short stay at DW Stadium
Marc Albrighton is hoping to become Owen Coyle’s lucky number 13 during his 28-day loan spell at Latics from Aston Villa, and prove a point to Villa boss Paul Lambert at the same time.
The 23-year-old became Coyle’s 13th new signing today, and although his stay at the DW Stadium may be a brief one, he’s hoping to make a big impact whilst he’s here.
Speaking exclusively to Latics player, the winger revealed how he didn’t give a moment’s thought into becoming a temporary Latics player after comforting words from the gaffer:
He said: “It’s really nice to come to a club and be wanted. Hopefully over the next month I can pick up some good form, confidence and do well for Wigan Athletic.
“I can’t wait to get going with the lads and hopefully prove a point whilst I am here to Aston Villa and to myself in all honesty.
“I’ve had a couple of tough years with injuries so I need to show that I can still do it and at the same time help the club put some points on the board to move further up the table where they should be.
“I’m 23 years of age, so it’s an important stage in my career and that’s why I was so desperate to get out on loan and compete for first team football. Paul Lambert agreed that this would be an ideal move for me, and as soon as I found out Wigan Athletic were interested in bringing me in I jumped at the chance to come to the DW Stadium.
“I know a couple of the lads already; Scott Carson and Shaun Maloney were Aston Villa team mates of mine once upon a time so it’ll be good to see them again, although they’re both injured at the moment. To be honest though the manager has told me so many good things about the group and I can’t wait to start work with the whole squad.
“When I spoke to Owen he was just full of praise for me, made me feel good and made me feel wanted. He told me that he had tried to sign me in the past, which as a player is exactly the kind of thing you want to hear.
“He wants me to come here and enjoy myself; play with a smile on my face and that’s exactly what I want from the stay as well.”
Wigan Athletic already have a special place in Albrighton’s career, as it was against Latics at Villa Park in August 2009 that he made his league debut for Villa in a 2-0 defeat for Martin O’Neill’s side:
“It was the first day of the 2009/10 season,” he recalled, “I remember it well. I came off the bench and still have the shirt framed at home with a plaque underneath reading: Premier League debut vs Wigan Athletic. The scoreline escapes me at the moment though, I’ve tried to forget about that!
“I’ve grown up supporting Villa, they’re always going to be my club and to play for them in the Premier League is a fantastic achievement.
“The fans have always been great with me from the first day, and there are so many good people at the club who have helped me throughout.
“I can’t thank the club enough for everything they have done for me in developing me as a player and giving me the opportunity to come to Wigan Athletic and gain some much needed game time.
“I’m fully fit and raring to go. I’ve been training for a few weeks now and in many ways this was a perfect time to come out on loan and get my match fitness up again.
“The Manager says I’m still very much in his plans and to come to Wigan to get some games under my belt and enjoy myself which will hopefully help to get back into the team at Villa Park.”