Melchiot handed Latics armband
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Summer signing Mario Melchiot has been named as the new Wigan captain.Summer signing Mario Melchiot has been named as the new Wigan captain.
The former Chelsea defender only joined The Latics from French club Rennes last month but has already skippered the side in their opening two pre-season friendlies.
And manager Chris Hutchings has decided he is the ideal man to captain Wigan following the departure of Arjan De Zeeuw at the end of last season.
"I'm blessed with many leaders in my squad but I have decided Mario is going to be my skipper this season," Hutchings told the club's official website.
"He has all the qualities I look for in a captain and I like the fact he plays at the back.
"I think that gives him a good perspective on what's happening in a game."
Meanwhile, Everton have reportedly entered the chase for Leighton Baines.
As revealed by skysports.com Wigan gave Sunderland permission to speak with the highly-rated full-back earlier this week but Everton manager David Moyes is now understood to be ready to step up his interest.