Van eyeing Cleverley impact
Patrick van Aanholt wants to emulate Tom Cleverley and use his stay at Wigan as a springboard to success.
Last Updated: 06/09/11 4:51pm
New Wigan loan signing Patrick van Aanholt wants to emulate Tom Cleverley and use his stay at the DW Stadium as a springboard to success.
Cleverley impressed during his stint with the Latics last term, and since returning to his parent club Manchester United has broken into their first team and the senior England squad.
Van Aanholt, who joined on a season-long loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, hopes his time at Wigan will have a similar impact on his career.
The Holland Under 21 defender told Wigan's official website: "I want to try and emulate what Tom Cleverley did here last season.
"He took his opportunity and is now playing regularly in the Premier League at Manchester United.
"If I can make the most of my season at Wigan Athletic hopefully it will help me to achieve something similar."
The 21-year-old was convinced to move to Wigan by a phone call direct from Latics boss Roberto Martinez.
"The manager called me personally and told me how he'd love me to join the club and offer me this opportunity," said Van Aanholt.
"That was a big influence and I told him I would really like to come and prove myself to see if I can compete regularly in the Premier League.
"So it feels great to have joined. Everyone has welcomed me very well at the club and I'm delighted to be here.
"Wigan Athletic are a good team and are going in the right direction so hopefully I can help the club progress and offer something different.
"I spoke with (Chelsea manager) Andre Villas-Boas as well and he said gaining experience of playing in the Premier League was important for me at this stage of my career and that it would help me develop a great deal for when I return to Chelsea."