Before the visit of AFC Bournemouth to the DW Stadium at the start of January in the FA Cup third round, Roman Golobart was yet to make a single appearance for Wigan Athletic but, two months down the line the solid centre half has played in every round of the cup and even made his Premier League debut against Stoke City.
Still only 20-years-old, the former Espanyol man has become a key part of Latics FA Cup run and believes the chemistry in the team has helped them get this far.
“Most of us didn’t play many games for six months of the season before the FA Cup so we needed this platform and now I think after the Huddersfield game we have really found our rhythm together.
“The teams we have played so far have given us a good platform for the quarter finals and we have grown as a team and created some momentum.
“It’s going to be important to maintain that rhythm against Everton on Saturday but the confidence is there because of the way we played in the last round.”
It wasn’t just Golobart with little first team football before the third round game, and he says it’s been vital for the younger players to have been given their chance so far.
“As well as me, Fraser (Fyvie) and Callum (McManaman) playing against Huddersfield, there has been Nouha (Dicko), Jordan (Mustoe) and Angelo Henriquez involved in the FA Cup this season.
“In the three games before Huddersfield against Bournemouth twice and against Macclesfield we played with a really young team and I think that is an important thing for the club.
“We are all players who have something to prove and I think the willingness to prove ourselves is something that has boosted the team and brought something new to the table.”
Golobart’s own proving ground was arguably last season with Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he had an excellent loan spell under England legend Terry Butcher.
The experience passed on by 54-year-old to Golobart was seen as vital to the defender.
“He was really inspirational to me because he helped me to learn the British game and there is no better way to learn than from someone with so much experience.
“To get compliments from a guy like Terry Butcher is one of the most important things for me and he always said that if I work hard then I would get the chances with Wigan Athletic.”
Before arriving in Scotland last year Golobart said he did know of Butcher’s famous England moment in 1989 and saw it as a strange coincidence.
“When I arrived in Scotland I knew of Terry and the legend of him playing with the head injury.
“It’s weird because in the same year that he played with the bandages full of blood my father broke his nose in a game for Espanyol and carried on playing with his shirt full of blood too.”
It’s not just Butcher who Golobart has drawn from, he also said:
“I feel that I owe a lot to the people that have helped me so far in my career.
“Dennis Lawrence and Graham Barrow have been big influences in my development and I hope that I have repaid their faith in me in the right way because they believed in what I was doing in the Under 21s.”