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12 September 2014

Latics boss hints that he may use all three of his new additions at Ewood Park in front of bumper away following.

• Three new signings could feature
• Rosler pleased with transfer dealings
• We have to deal with Gestede better

Uwe Rosler says he is still undecided as to whether to start all three of his Transfer Deadline Day signings at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Rosler has run the rule over William Kvist, Andy Delort and Adam Forshaw this week whilst James McClean has also returned to first-team training.

And the German boss admits the pleasant dilemma of being unsure over one or two positions in his starting XI ahead of the trip to Ewood Park.

"It wasn’t good timing to get the players in so late in the window but it was good in the second phase to get these two weeks together,” Rosler explained.

"Adam [Forshaw] needs a little bit more match fitness because he has not played throughout the whole pre-season at all but he’s making good progress; he needs match fitness and we will give him that, whether it be from the start or from the bench – we’ll make a decision on that on a game-by-game basis.

"Andy Delort had also missed a lot of training because of the transfer saga, he had not trained with his previous club for probably ten days and now he’s been with us since Transfer Deadline Day but he’s looking sharp.

"William Kvist was away with Denmark, he came in on Wednesday and had two good games in his legs with Denmark in which he did very well, especially against Turkey.

"There’s a possibility that all three new players could start, there’s also the possibility that only one or two will start and my mind is not 100% made up on one or two positions.”

Rosler also praised Chairman Dave Whelan for his support in the Transfer Window, stating that the business that’s been done has made him happy.

"I think it’s important that when you want to achieve something, like our club does, then you need to have strength in depth and quality,” he added.

"I’m quite happy with the transfer dealings we did, the chairman backed me and we invested in young players who have their best years ahead of them on Championship wages in a Championship budget.”

"As for Blackburn, Rosler says his team have to deal with the threat of Benin international striker Rudy Gestede better than they did last season but he believes his side have the attacking prowess to cause the hosts problems.

"We have to be stronger dealing with Gestede,” Rosler continued. “That was the key I felt at their place but we also saw that we can cause them a lot of problems.

"We’re coming on the back of two wins and I told the players that if they want to keep winning games, each game will get harder in a run, we have to work very hard in training and prepare ourselves in the best possible way to keep on winning.

"Blackburn will be a real test because they have two very good strikers and we will have to be robust and aggressive in our defence.

"On Wednesday we had an intra-squad game, it was needed, a good 60 minutes and we got prepared for what we will face and now it is up to us to perform.”

"At the moment, we have everyone barring Chris McCann and Ben Watson available and that is a new challenge."

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