Martinez challenging young duo

Latics reserve-team regulars Holt and Routledge, both 20, have

joined Swedish side Ostersunds on loan until July. Roberto Martinez

believes the move will form an important part of the players’

development and has urged them to use it as the next step towards

breaking into Wigan’s first XI. “Jon and Joe are two very promising

youngsters who have been playing well in the reserves,” Martinez

told the Wigan Evening Post. “Reserve-team football gives you a

certain challenge, but they have gone beyond that – and there is

still a massive gap to the first team. “It will be great for them

to play abroad and fulfil important roles at a club and continue

their development. For them to go abroad and mature as human beings

will be a unique experience, and exactly what they need.”