Martinez looking forward
Roberto Martinez believes the international break arrived with perfect timing for Wigan Athletic.
Last Updated: 07/09/11 9:28pm
Roberto Martinez believes the international break arrived with perfect timing for Wigan and he is excited at the potential within his new-look squad.
The DW Stadium boss has seen his side make an unbeaten start to the Premier League season, with QPR defeated immediately prior to the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Some club managers have bemoaned the international calendar at an early stage of the domestic season, but Martinez thinks those in his squad who were not involved for their countries will benefit.
Ahead of Saturday's trip to Manchester City, the Wigan boss told his club's official website: "Some of the players needed a break so they've used that time accordingly whereas others needed to complete specific work and I believe we've been able to do that during this time.
"So it's been a beneficial period for those players who have stayed behind and now we can re-focus and re-group to prepare for what is a really exciting game at the weekend."
Martinez brought in the likes of Shaun Maloney, Albert Crusat and Patrick van Aanholt in the final days of the summer transfer window and he is looking forward to the development of his recruits.
"All the new boys have settled in really well - I actually don't think Shaun needs any settling-in period at all, he's a phenomenal footballer and it doesn't take long to see what a special talent he is," he added.
"As for Albert, although he has a lot of work to do on his English his tactical ability and knowledge allows him to communicate with the players on a different level.
"And as for Patrick, well we're privileged to have him here at Wigan Athletic; he's got an exciting future and career ahead of him and we want to help him settle here to show what he can do in the Premier League. Hopefully he can have a season here he'll never forget."