Martinez impressed with Moses

Moses arrived at the DW Stadium at the end of the winter transfer

window and has made four appearances as a substitute since. The

19-year-old – who recently earned his first call-up to England’s

Under-21 squad – particularly caught the eye after coming on at

half-time against Birmingham last weekend and could be in line for

his first start when the Latics host Liverpool on Monday night.

Martinez remains wary of playing Moses too much too soon, but

acknowledged the former Crystal Palace forward is making swift

progress. “He feels that he has always been playing at this level,”

Martinez said. “He is full of enthusiasm and has huge belief in his

talent and that gives you a great option going forward. “I have

always said that we need to be patient in terms of giving him the

right time and moment to feel himself. But every day he grows and

matures and it shows. “Every time he has been on the pitch he has

shown something different. I felt when he came on against

Birmingham, he had a real impact. “He showed the influence he can

have on the game and that’s a great sign for a young player

adapting to the Premier League. “The quality he has got is going to

be a huge strength for ourselves.” Having been brought off the

bench earlier with every appearance, it seems only a matter of time

before Moses forces his way into the Latics first XI, although

Martinez refused to be drawn on his plans for Monday night. Asked

whether he was about to hand the youngster his first start against

Liverpool, Martinez said: “Football will make that decision. “At

the moment it is important that he keeps working as hard as he has

been doing on a daily basis and it’s not about starting or not.

“It’s about when he is on the pitch – that he is himself and that

he can affect the game, and slowly that will develop him into the

player we all know he is going to be. “But it’s not about whether

Victor starts or not, it’s about Victor being ready whenever he is

on the pitch and being able to enjoy his football. “He has been

doing that since he arrived, so I am extremely pleased with that.”

Whether it is from a starting berth or not, Martinez will be hoping

Moses can soon find his first goal for the club. Goalscoring has

become a major issue for Wigan of late, with the team netting only

three times in a winless run of seven league games, but Martinez

insists he is not overly concerned. He said: “I think everything is

coming together and it’s just about getting that little bit of

confidence and excitement in the last third. “But we can use the

quality that we have got in the squad to make sure that we finish

teams off. “I think we are creating good chances, we are getting

good opportunities and probably that final pass, that little bit of

confidence that you need to win football games is what we have been

missing of late. “Once you get that first result the confidence

comes back in and allows you be yourself and express your football.

“We all know that the quality in the squad is quite clear. I think

we have a very good group and it’s a case of getting that

confidence and making sure we get our rewards.”