Saturday, 5 January 2013

Roger Espinoza Gets Cup Tester For Wigan

Wigan are throwing new signing Roger Espinoza straight into the deep end as they attempt to avoid a cup upset today.

The Honduran international midfielder only signed yesterday but already has his hands full trying to stop the Latics become giant-killing victims at the hands of Bournemouth.

Roberto Martinez's men have a habit of losing to lower league teams in the cups.
Swindon dumped them out of the FA Cup last term whilst Bradford did for them in the Capital One Cup in October.

Now Espinoza, 26, is facing a Bournemouth team on an sixteen match unbeaten run just hours after signing from Kansas City Wizards.

Martinez said: "Usually players would have more time preparing for their debut and getting used to their new team-mates.

"But Roger is so desperate to play as soon as he can that we hope to see him on the pitch against Bournemouth.

"He is an excellent talent and every time we have seen him play he has shown the desire that as a club we like to see from our players."

Espinoza caught Martinez's eye playing for Honduras in this summer's London Games.

He added: "The Olympics in the summer gave a great example of just what he can do on the pitch, especially in his performances against Spain and Brazil.

"He’ll bring something new to the group and we hope to have many happy memories of him playing for Latics.”

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