Roberto Martinez insists he has no regrets about underusing Scott Sinclair when the Swansea player was on loan at Wigan two seasons ago.
Sinclair started just one top-flight game for the Latics during a season-long loan from Chelsea in 2009/10.
But the 22-year-old has blossomed under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, helping the Welsh club to promotion last season before firing seven goals in their debut Premier League campaign.
Even so, Martinez is adamant circumstances dictated that Sinclair could not fulfil his potential at Wigan.
"We were fighting for our lives and in desperate need of every point that was available," explained the Wigan boss.
Need to experiment
"There are moments as a player when you have to play, you have to make mistakes and you have to experiment.
"We couldn't give him that here. I don't regret not keeping him here for another season.
"It would have been unfair to have kept him here and it would probably have delayed his progression.
"I always knew Scott had it in him to become a top, top player - and he is still developing.
"When he arrived at Wigan, we were probably in a position where we couldn't give him the 10 or 15 games he needed to finish his development.
"It came after a spell at Birmingham when he didn't play enough games."