GARY Caldwell believes Wigan Athletic fans haven’t seen anywhere near the best of Yanic Wildschut after the flying Dutchman finally completed his permanent move over the weekend.
Wildschut is standing by to make his second ‘debut’ for Latics in tomorrow night’s crunch League One clash against Sheffield United, after signing a three-and-a-half year deal for a fee in the region of £600,000
Latics finally got their man after days of discussions and deliberations with both the player’s representatives and Championship leaders Middlesbrough.
And Caldwell believes there’s even more to come from a player who has already excited the Latics fans with his electrifying performances during his three-month loan spell.
“Everyone at the club has worked so hard to get the deal over the line,” acknowledged the Latics chief.
“And it shows our ambition that we are now able to unveil Yanic as a Wigan Athletic player.
“On his day, he has already shown us what he can do and how devastating he can be.
“He’s not the finished article yet, he will be the first to admit that.
“But his potential is huge, and we are delighted it is here in Wigan that we can both work together for the long-term.”
Wildschut’s initial loan spell expired after last weekend’s draw at Scunthorpe, and the man himself can’t wait to pick up where he left off.
“I have loved playing for Wigan,” acknowledged Wildschut. “Everyone at the club has been great to me, the fans sing my name, and I’m so happy that everything is now done.
“I can concentrate on playing now again and helping us climb the table.”
Wildschut has also been backed to not only prove himself a star in the Championship but also the Premier League - by the man who sanctioned his exit from Middlesbrough.
While believing the deal is in the best interests of all parties, Boro boss Aitor Karanka is hoping Wildschut will be coming up against his side in the top flight in the not-too-distant-future.
“With our squad it is difficult to have chances, and Yanic is a player who is young, he needs to play for his development,” said Karanka.
“So we thought it was the best thing for everybody to sell him, and I want to say thank you to him for his attitude while he was with us.
“I don’t have any doubt that he is a Championship player, and why not a Premier League player?
“He has everything, but sometimes it was difficult for him to play here.
“I don’t have any doubts, though, that when he matures he is going to be a really good player, because he is talented, he is strong, he is fast, so he is going to be successful.”