Fyvie backed for stardom

Latics' new signing Fraser Fyvie from Aberdeen pictured with Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez
Latics' new signing Fraser Fyvie from Aberdeen pictured with Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez

FRASER Fyvie last night became a Wigan Athletic player – and was immediately backed for Premier League stardom.

As revealed by the Evening Post last week, the 19-year-old becomes Roberto Martinez’s first summer signing on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Fyvie follows in the footsteps of James McCarthy, James McArthur, Conor Samon, Shaun Maloney and skipper Gary Caldwell in swapping the SPL for the DW.

And Martinez believes the former Aberdeen midfielder can make just as big an impact as his new team-mates once he finds his feet.

“Fraser’s got a tremendous future in his hands, and we’re all delighted he’s making a big step forward in his career here at Wigan Athletic,” said Martinez.

“I’m excited because we’re signing such a strong character and a great personality at just 19 years of age.

“He’s a bright young man and will have a good environment here in which to develop, with players that have been through similar experiences and of course our fans who I know will make him feel very welcome and allow him to develop over the coming months.

“Technically he’s very gifted, he enjoys playing in the midfield where he can cover large areas, he’s very powerful off the ball, and in possession is someone who can read the tempo of the game very well.

“Also you have to remember that for such a young player he’s played a lot of games in the SPL, at a high standard, which shows his maturity.

“Together with the rest of the squad and, of course, the other Scottish boys in the squad, he’ll settle in quickly I’m sure.”

Fyvie became the youngest player ever to start for Aberdeen when he made his debut in August 2009 at the age of 16, and was the youngest goalscorer in SPL history when he netted against Hearts in January 2010.

He has also represented Scotland at Under-17 and Under-19 level.