Martinez urges Rodallega to take inspiration from Chelsea's Torres

The Latics boss compares his misfiring Colombian to the Spainard and hopes he can recreate the Blues' attacker's turnaround in fortunes in the final three games of the campaign

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has told Hugo Rodallega to take inspiration from Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, as the forward tries to end a disappointing season on a bright note.

The Colombian has scored just twice in the Premier League all season, compared to the nine goals he managed last term.

Similarly, Torres had endured a torturous time in west London following his big money move last January, but his goal at Camp Nou, which sealed his side's place in the Champions League final, has glossed over past mistakes.

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And Martinez hopes that Rodallega can make a significant impact in the remaining three games as Wigan strive to avoid relegation.

"Good players don't become bad players overnight - it just doesn't happen,” Martinez told Sky Sports:

"They go through bad moments of form, of course, but they remain capable of doing what they can do.

"We saw that from Fernando Torres in the Nou Camp, and Hugo is very much in that category."

Rodallega scored the goal that confirmed Wigan’s Premier League safety last season, but form has forced Martinez to limit him to only 11 league starts this campaign.

"Hugo's not getting frustrated at all - in fact it's been quite the opposite," Martinez added. "He's been champing at the bit to be available.

"He is a very happy footballer, a real lively character, all of the time - and you don't get too many of them.

"They are a joy to be around, and he just wants to do what he can to help the team.

"When he makes his return it will be like having a new signing."