Saturday, 28 April 2012

Hugo Urged To Follow In Fernando Torres' Footsteps

WIGAN hitman Hugo Rodallega is being urged to follow in Fernando Torres’ footsteps and finish his hellish season on a high. Just like Chelsea’s striker, the Colombian has seen his reputation take a battering as a result of a nightmare campaign which has brought just two goals.

But Latics boss Roberto Martinez watched Torres come good in the Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona this week and wants Rodallega to follow suit.

The frontman is fit again after an knee problem and replaces the injured Franco Di Santo in the line-up for today’s clash with Newcastle.

And Martinez is desperate for Rodallega, who is out of contract in the summer, to fire his side to a victory that will keep Wigan just ahead of the chasing pack at the bottom of the table.

The Spaniard said: "Good players don’t become bad players overnight - it just doesn’t happen.

"They go through bad moments of form, of course, but they remain capable of doing what they can do.

"We saw that from Fernando Torres in the Nou Camp, and Hugo is very much in that category.

"Hugo is made for the big occasion and he can score you a goal out of nothing.

"He has the experience of last season and I am convinced he will be a big asset for us in the run-in.

"What Hugo has is that kind of natural arrogance that allows him to score at any time against anyone."

Rodallega was Wigan’s hero last season when he scored the winner at Stoke on the final day to keep his side up against all odds.

This term he has managed just 11 starts and is nowhere near matching his tally of nine goals from last term.

But Martinez still has faith in the 26-year-old to come good.

He added: "Hugo’s not getting frustrated at all - in fact it’s been quit the opposite.

"He’s been champing at the bit to be available.

"He is a very happy footballer, a real lively character, all of the time - and you don’t get too many of them.

"They are a joy to be around, and he just wants to do what he can to help the team.

"When he makes his return it will be like having a new signing."

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