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GAFFER IMPRESSED BY ESPINOZA’S ATTITUDE

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14:20 19th December 2012

by Nick Taylor

Roberto Martinez believes January’s Honduran arrival has the right character to fit in at the Club.

Roger Espinoza will join Wigan Athletic on 1 January 2013 and his new manager has been impressed by not only his technical and tactical ability, but by his work rate and dedication on the field.

Martinez said:

“The highlight of his development was with Honduras during the Olympics Games in London this summer with some excellent performances against Spain and Brazil.

“He set a goal up in each game and scored against Brazil which was a great representation of a strong mentality and a winning mentality.

“The game against Brazil sums up Roger’s attitude towards football and the attitude we want from our players.

“Honduras went down to ten men and he was the man that made the difference in the team and I think he showed a real fight and desire which will put him in a really good position when he joins up with the group in January.”

Espinoza provided both the engine and creativity for the Honduran team in the Olympics, and his versatility also impressed Martinez.

“He is someone who physically is really capable and has a gifted left foot.

“Having someone with such a good left foot gives a balance to the squad because most players are primarily right footed.

“He’s developed his tactical awareness and has learned how to play in different systems.

“Roger can play in any position in the midfield and can even play out in a wide left position, so we are delighted to capture a player with such versatility and stature.”

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