Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed that the midland outfit were still in need of Marc Albrighton, which was why they recalled the player from his loan spell at Wigan after just a month, writes BBC Sport.
With Villa set to face a run of eight games in just 33 days, Lambert felt the need to get the former England U-21 star back to Villa Park to add a bit of depth to help ease the burden on the current first teamers.
Lambert was keen to praise Albrighton’s contribution to Wigan’s bid to return to the Premier League, but says that strength in numbers is the key for Villa ahead of the busy Christmas period.
“He’s done well for Owen Coyle. But we need everybody and I’ve pulled Marc back because of that. The amount of games we’re going to have to play in this period is pretty demanding.”
Albrighton was arguably the highest profile player to leave the Villans on loan, though Shay Given joined Middlesbrough on Thursday – emergency loan deadline day – with youngsters Jordan Graham and Enda Stevens joining Ipswich and Doncaster respectively, and Given’s fellow stopper Benjamin Siegrist moving to Burton.
Wigan manager Owen Coyle had wanted Albrighton to stay at the DW Stadium for a second month, but his plans were terminated by Lambert, whose side begin their heavy schedule by hosting relegation-threatened Sunderland at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
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