ADAM Forshaw admits he owes a huge debt of gratitude to Uwe Rosler for bringing him to Wigan Athletic, writes Paul Kendrick.
And the 22-year-old is determined to repay his mentor with some sparkling performances for his new club.
Forshaw was one of four deadline-day signings at the DW Stadium, along with Andy Delort, William Kvist and loan star Emyr Huws.
Rosler had been chasing the Liverpudlian midfielder for most of the summer, having worked with him at Brentford.
The Latics chief sees Forshaw – last season’s League One Player of the Year – as the long-term replacement for Jordi Gomez in the midfield.
And the man himself aims to underline just why Rosler was so keen to bring him to Wigan by hitting the ground running – starting at Blackburn tomorrow.
“It’s always nice to know that you’re valued and you’re wanted,” Forshaw told the Evening Post,
“Hopefully I can repay the gaffer with some good performances for Wigan.
“As soon as I knew the bid came in I was over the move and I wanted to make it happen as quickly as possible.”
Rosler would have to change a winning team to incorporate Forshaw, who believes he has the tools to add to Wigan’s push towards a return to the top flight.
“When I came here I was told promotion back to the Premier League was the aim for the season,” he revealed.
“I’m told the lads have been playing very well lately and hopefully at the start of a good run of results, and I want to be a part of that.”
Latics signed-off for the international break with back-to-back wins over Blackpool and Birmingham – the latter following a marvellous all-round team performance.
And having trained with his new colleagues over the last fortnight, the ex-Everton junior reckons his style of play will fit right in. “I like to get on the ball and make things happen – and hopefully chip in with a few goals and a few assists as well,” he added.
“The gaffer knows my game and I know the way he likes to play so that should help me to start with.”