GRAHAM Barrow says he was never in doubt about Tim Chow’s ability to make the grade at Wigan Athletic.
Chow, who came the youth ranks under the watchful eye of ex-Development Squad boss Barrow, looked to be on his way when he was released by then-manager Malky Mackay.
But the landscape changed following the appointment of Gary Caldwell, who instantly brought the 21-year-old in from the cold.
Chow played the last four matches of the season – scoring a goal in the win over Brighton – and earlier this week penned a new two-year contract.
And Barrow is adamant Chow will justify his second chance at the DW.
“Everyone has their own opinion, but I was never in doubt about Tim’s ability as a player,” Barrow told the Evening Post.
“He just needed to have that opportunity to show what he can do.
“What he will do is give you everything he’s got, and I think everyone saw that when he got into the team. His attitude is outstanding, and that will take you a long way in the game.
“If he doesn’t make it, it certainly won’t be for the lack of dedication. He’s very likeable, and you want to see lads like him do well.”
Latics will be represented on the international stage this weekend when Ireland entertain England in an international friendly. James McClean is likely to line up on the left-hand side tomorrow for Martin O’Neill’s men, who are warming up for a make-or-break European Championship qualifier against Scotland next Saturday.