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Wellens Expects Tough Clash This Weekend

11 January 2018

Manager Richie Wellens is looking forward to facing a familiar face this weekend.

Former Latics striker Paul Warne will be in the dugout for Rotherham United and Wellens is excited to face his former teammate.

He said: “He is a great character and always gives 110%. He was very good in the air for his size and could always nick a goal.

“He has a good affection with Rotherham and it’s a fantastic first job for him. They have a good infrastructure and good wage bill and it’s a real nice stadium and he’s doing well.

“He’s lost his main striker Kieffer Moore so I’m expecting something different than I was two weeks ago.

“They played a lot off him but now they have Yates and Ball playing up front and they are smaller but have more movement.

“In the last two games they have changed their style of play but we will be aware of their qualities.”

Ben Pringle signed on loan from Preston North End until the end of the season and Wellens was delighted to secure the deal.

“He’s good player,” he commented. “When he was last in this league with Rotherham, he was one of the best midfield players in the league.

“Unfortunately it’s not worked out for him since then but we know with Eoin Doyle that Preston have got a good squad and I like the way the Preston players are.

“They have got a good work ethic and a talented squad. For me to bring someone of his quality and his experience, it was a no-brainer.

“He knows this league well, he’s not just a runner and a tackler, he’s a very technical footballer and got good delivery from set plays.

“When he puts a ball in the box, he does it with pace and puts it in the right areas so he is a good footballer.”

Kundai Benyu was also added to the squad and Wellens spoke about what he can add to the side.

“He is an exciting player,” Wellens admitted. “I saw him play in a friendly between Celtic and Lyon and he was the best player on the pitch.

“He can handle the ball and has good energy. He can get box to box, got good technical ability and can move the ball with both feet so he is an exciting prospect.

“Hopefully in the next four or five months we try and develop him.”

Asked whether there would be more incomings, Wellens replied: “We have so many high numbers and I want to try and get the numbers lower but the quality go higher.

“We will stick within our wage structure but we have more quality. It might mean that we pay individuals more but we are getting more quality into the squad.”


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