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PAUL COOK DISCUSSES THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

2 February 2018

Latics boss discusses Nick Powell, Devante Cole and Donervon Daniels in his transfer window round-up.

  • Paul Cook previews Wigan Athletic v Gillingham and shares his transfer thoughts.
  • Latics boss delighted with Nick Powell and addition of Devante Cole.
  • Manager insists new recruits will work for their chances, as will the returning Donervon Daniels.

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre ahead of Latics' Sky Bet League One clash with Gillingham this weekend, Paul Cook gave his thoughts on the January Transfer Window and the club's activity ahead of the deadline.

PC on Nick Powell

“I’m delighted Nick is still part of the club.

“For any manager at any club there’s always a danger of possibly of losing players.

“We’re part way through a season-long campaign and we just want everyone to stay together and keep our momentum going so that nothing can break up what we’re trying to achieve.

“It’s great credit to the Chairman that we’ve been able to get through this transfer window intact because it’s not easy to fend people off nowadays, especially with the money that is thrown about.

“Nick never indicated that he wanted to leave the club, so that made it a lot simpler for us to keep Nick.

“If he had indicated the opposite then of course it would have been different.”

PC on Devante Cole

“I’m delighted to welcome Devante into the group. We’ve been monitoring him for a while.

“I spoke to Devante and his father about the situation, he’s not one for the future of course he’s not, he’s one for today.

“He’s a top scorer, but he knows he’ll have to be patient. For our fans it won’t be a case of ‘let’s get him in the team straight away’.

“Our squad has worked hard to deserve to be in a good place and have the ability to see this season through, albeit now with the help of another quality striker.”

PC on Donervon Daniels

“If Donervon is to remain with us after the end of this season I feel it’s important for him to come back so that we can have a look at him in a proper fit way.

“When Donervon left us in pre-season he was still having problems with his knee and some fitness issues. He went to Rochdale and did fantastically well, he really grew into the loan and he made my decision very easy.

“We had the option of bringing someone in for his position, but with the calibre of player he has shown to be at this level, it was a no brainer for me to bring Donervon back.

“He’s got a massive chance to impose himself on what we’re trying to do. The situation has been explained to Donervon, he could see from the outside how well our lads have been doing.

“It’ll be a slow process for Devante and Donervon to get in the squad, but with the weight of games coming up there will certainly be opportunities sooner rather than later.”

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