Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has reported Burnley target Callum McManaman in his plans for this season
Last Updated: September 25, 2012 8:45am
Callum McManaman: Backed to play a big role by Latics boss Martinez
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says young striker Callum McManaman has a big role to play at the club this season to cool talk linking him with a Burnley loan move.
Reports suggest the Latics recently snubbed an approach from the Championship club to take the 21-year-old on loan.
And Martinez says the youngster is key to his plans, telling the Daily Mirror: "I expect Callum to play a big part with us this season."
McManaman and 19-year-old Arsenal loanee Ryo Miyaichi came on as replacements for defensive duo Gary Caldwell and Emmerson Boyce with just less than 15 minutes to go against Fulham at the weekend.
The young attacking duo impressed Martinez despite the 2-1 defeat, putting them in a strong position to be handed starts against Sam Allardyce's West Ham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
"That's a real positive for us to have a couple of youngsters of that quality," said the manager.
"So I was really pleased with that and I think it shows the competition we've got now for places."