ADAM Forshaw has the mental toughness to handle Saturday’s reunion with his old club Brentford.
That’s according to Uwe Rosler, who will also be a central figure as he faces his former employers for the first time since joining Wigan.
With Brentford still upset at losing Rosler midway through last term, the situation was exacerbated when Forshaw followed his old gaffer north over the summer.
The deal only went through after weeks of ‘will he, won’t he’ speculation, which saw the player banished to train with the Brentford youngsters during the negotiations.
Wigan finally got their man on the last day of the transfer window, since when the 23-year-old has been playing catch-up in terms of full-match fitness.
An encouraging cameo off the bench at Wolves in Wigan’s last outing means he’s champing at the bit to face his old team-mates.
And Rosler would have no qualms about starting the young midfielder despite having not yet hit his straps.
“I think Adam had a tough start here,” Rosler told the Evening Post. “When he signed here, on the last day of the transfer window, he was not in his best physical shape.
“That was not his fault in any way, it was just how the circumstances had dictated it.
“He was coming in to a team that was not firing on all cylinders, and he also needed to find his feet in the Championship.
“There were quite a few obstacles in his way, but like I know – and the Wigan fans will know very soon – Adam is a very tough player mentally, and he will be a very good player for us.”
Having been Brentford’s stand-out man last term in their promotion campaign, Forshaw will certainly be well-known to the opposition this weekend.
“Adam was the League One Player of the Year, which says it all, and this game will give him extra motivation to impress,” Rosler recognised.
“He has played a lot of football for his age, he has played at Wembley, he has led a promotion-winning side with a pressure of winning game after game, and there is still so much more to come.
“I have no hesitation in playing him on Saturday. He can handle the situation without any problem.”
Wigan, hovering above the drop-zone in 21st, are seven points behind 10th-placed Brentford.