GARY Caldwell believes JPT goal hero Yanic Wildschut has shown only ‘glimpses’ of the immense talent he will add to the Wigan Athletic side during his loan spell.
The Middlesbrough winger capped his first start for his loan club in breathtaking fashion on Tuesday night at Crewe.
With the scores locked at 2-2 deep inside the final quarter, Wildschut scored a goal of jaw-dropping quality to seal Wigan’s passage to round three of the competition they won in both 1985 and 1999.
The Dutchman picked up the ball deep inside the Latics half, and carried the ball 50 yards up the field before unleashing an absolute rocket of a strike from 25 yards that nearly ripped the net off its hinges.
“It was unstoppabble,” acknowledged Caldwell.
“At the time I’m thinking ‘get at them’, because he’s got bags of pace.
“He hit it and I thought ‘what’s he doing’ - and it flew in the top corner.
“If he can shoot like that he needs to shoot more often.
“He looked confident when he hit it.
“He’s got a bit of swagger about him, and front players need that.”
Wildschut had made his Latics debut as a half-time substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Walsall.
And he almost made an immediate impression then, forcing two good saves from the visiting goalkeeper after incisive runs into the area.
“He’s not been here long, but I think he’s shown in the two games he’s played the glimpses of his talent,” Caldwell added.
“It’s up to us now to utilise that and get him in areas of the pitch where he can do that damage.
“He hit it and I thought ‘what’s he doing’ - and it flew in the top cornerGary Caldwell
“We’ll find out how to use that as best we can.
“He was excellent at Crewe and his goal capped off an excellent display.
“Hopefully he’ll provide more goals in the future.”