Bruce - King to add firepower

Latics manager delighted with new signing

King: A good addition for Bruce

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Steve Bruce hopes new signing Marlon King can help to fire Wigan Athletic to Premier League survival.

Wigan have splashed out £5million to lure King from Watford and the striker will be in the squad for Tuesday's game at Middlesbrough.

Fulham had also been keen on a deal for the former Gillingham forward, and Bruce feels his rivals' loss could prove to be the Latics' gain.

"I always believe that any team is as good as the strikers, and now what we've assembled I am very, very pleased with," Bruce told Sky Sports News.

"I just looked at the situation of where the club found themselves when they lost Emile Heskey. That is the downside of the transfer window and the transfer system.

"In the past, without the window, if something happened to your centre-forward, you could go and borrow one, or loan one, or do something temporary, and that's why you have to carry a big squad.

Proven goalscorer

"I'm delighted we managed to get him here. He is a proven goalscorer who will give us that little bit of firepower, hopefully, to push us on."

Bruce also expects King to provide a different dimension to a strike-force which also comprises Emile Heskey and Marcus Bent.

The Wigan boss added: "I think he's a bit different, but he is a terrific link-up player, as both Benty and Emile are - I think they're very similar.

"Marlon wants to go the other way in football terms. As I said he is a proven goalscorer and will be a good addition to us, that's for sure, just in case anything happens to the other strikers."