GARY Caldwell believes Wigan Athletic fans are finally starting to see the real Max Power – and thinks the explosive midfielder has even more gears to find.
The 22-year-old has been in sparkling form of late in the Latics engine room, with two goals in a week including the dramatic late winner at Peterborough on Tuesday.
Power arrived at the DW over the summer after his contract at Tranmere expired.
The clubs were initially unable to agree a fee – applicable because of his age – before recently coming to a settlement.
And Caldwell reckons drawing a line under that situation has helped Power raise his performance levels even more.
“Max has been fantastic for us lately,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.
“To be honest, I think his fee getting settled and the deal getting sorted probably took a bit off his mind.
“We knew he had potential, we knew he had real talent, we knew he had an eye for goal – that was never in doubt.
“But his work-rate, his application and his attitude has been first class, and he’s going to have a great future in the game if he keeps improving.
“We played him in different positions to start with, which we had to, but now he’s playing where he wants to play.
“He’s an out-and-out midfielder, box-to-box, scores goals but can also get back to defend, and helps us control the game from tat area. I couldn’t be happier with him at the moment.”
Latics go into this afternoon’s game at Bradford looking for a third win in seven days, after seeing off Peterborough in midweek and Colchester last weekend.
“It’s been a great half-a-week, with one big game still to go,” Caldwell acknowledged.
“I always said this would be a big week for the club.
“The players managed to produce again on Tuesday night, and from then on it’s all about the next game.
“After every win you have your 15 minutes in the changing room and you enjoy it as a group.
“But as soon as you get on the bus, the focus is already on the next game – and we’ve done that.
“The hard work that we’ve been doing on the training ground is finally starting to come to fruition.
“We said at the start that the group was so new with so many new faces, that it would take time.
“And I think it’s just finally coming together on the pitch.
“The players are starting to believe in each other, the players are starting to understand each other, and we are seeing the results in the results.”