Young Spanish full-back Edu Campabadal is back on the pitch after one month out due to an ankle injury and spoke to the official Wigan Athletic website about how he is looking forward to continuing his footballing education at the club
He said: “I injured my ankle against Coventry City after a hard tackle and that made it difficult for me to carry on training and playing so I had to have a short period of rehabilitation.
“I was playing quite well and enjoying my football which made it a bit frustrating for me with having to face a month out.”
Campabadal, 19, the former Barcelona Youth Team captain, chose to join Latics this summer after being released by the Catalan giants, ahead of several other major clubs in La Liga. The influence of Roberto Martinez made him take the plunge and come to England and it is a decision he has not regretted for one minute.
“Apart from the injury, everything has gone really well for me here in England. It was easy to settle in because everyone here wants to help you both on and off the pitch.
“The football is different here from in Spain and I have to thank my team mates for really making me feel welcome and helping me to adjust to their style of play.”
The promising full-back says that the similar club philosophy between Barcelona and Latics have helped him to adapt quickly to English football.
“Coming from Barcelona to Wigan Athletic is very similar in the way that the style of the first team filters down through the younger teams so that when players step up they can make an easy transition.”
Nevertheless, Campabadal says he needed to adapt to a new defensive system: “The way that the team plays was very new to me because in Spain we always play with four defenders rather than having three defenders and two wing backs.
“We always have three good defenders at the back which allows the wing backs to try more things going forward.”
The Spanish Under 17s and 18s player also said that having Spanish friends in the team also made his adaptation easier. “Having Guillermo (Andres) come in at the same time and Jesjua (Angoy) already being here made adjusting to life outside of football a lot easier.
“They are good friends and a similar age so I felt really comfortable and relaxed from almost the first day.”
On the flip side, he says that trying to understand the Liverpool-based players in particular has been a challenge. “I am learning English and it is improving all the time, but those boys speak a different language!”