No regrets for Denny
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Denny Landzaat insists he has no regrets about joining Wigan.
Denny Landzaat insists he has no regrets about joining Wigan, despite a first season in England that has seen the Holland international struggle to find his top form.
When Wigan boss Paul Jewell convinced Landzaat to swap AZ Alkmaar for The JJB it was seen as somewhat of a coup given the 30-year-old's pedigree in his homeland, but this term has seen the top flight novices struggle in only their second ever Premiership campaign.
The midfield schemer could this week have been playing in the Uefa Cup quarter-finals, where AZ fell to Werder Bremen, but as he focuses his thoughts on Sunday's game with Tottenham, it is with renewed optimism rather than pining for what might have been.
"This is not a position I expected us to be in when I joined the club last summer," said Landzaat.
"Obviously, when I came here I knew they had only just played in their first season in the Premier League, but this is not what I thought would happen.
"But even watching AZ last night I've no regrets about coming to Wigan. My time there was over and I wanted to make the step into the Premier League.
"Now I am here and we are where we are. What can I do about it other than try to give my best and hopefully get good results?"
Landzaat admits he has been surprised by Wigan's lowly position but he is convinced that after a campaign of acclimatisation, next season can be considerably more fruitful.
"I am still positive about my signing. I'm happy here, and I'm doing my best to help Wigan stay in the league," he added.
"Next season I am sure we will do better because this season we've had 10 or 11 new players playing and working together. They've had to integrate themselves into the squad."