Roberto Martinez backing new signing Franco Di Santo to succeed at Wigan Athletic

Boss claims signing shows long-term ambition...
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is confident that he can help new signing Franco Di Santo fulfill his potential.

The Argentine forward, who moved to the DW Stadium on a three-year deal, has struggled to establish himself in the Premier League, both at Stamford Bridge and during a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers last season, but Martinez is delighted to have signed the player on a long-term deal.

"It is exciting because in any loan situation you do not have the bigger picture and the long-term ambition," said Martinez.

"It is not just a matter of getting him up to speed and then losing at the end of a 12-month period.

"It is important that from all the young players we are developing here, we get rewards.

"To have Franco here as a permanent player is a great signing for us, as we can really focus on his development and fulfilling his potential so Wigan can get the rewards."

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