EMMERSON Boyce has tipped Victor Moses to thrive in the absence of Charles N’Zogbia this season.
Moses scored one and laid on the other two goals as Latics continued their fine pre-season with a 3-1 win at Preston on Sunday.
Boyce himself popped up with the match-clinching third goal with a nice header from a right-wing cross from Moses.
And the dependable right-back predicts Moses will be laying on bucketloads of goals for Latics this coming campaign.
“Victor’s cross for me was perfect and he had a fantastic game at Preston,” Boyce told the Evening Post.
“A lot of the work he does is off-the-cuff, and in a flash he shows the talent he has.
“Now that Charles (N’Zogbia) and Tom (Cleverley) have left the club there are two big gaps that need filling, so the opportunity is there for someone to step up and claim them.
“He’s going to be a massive player for us this season, he’s got so much potential and could be the one to fill that role.
“Fingers crossed he’ll have a great season and continue getting on the scoresheet, because now is his time to shine.”
Latics only have Sunday’s clash with Villarreal to fine-tune their preparations ahead of the new campaign, which kicks off on Saturday week against Norwich at the DW.
But Boyce believes things could not be going any better at this stage of the summer programme.
“Obviously it was disappointing not to keep another clean sheet at Preston, but we’ll take the positives out of it and learn the lessons in time for the new season – which is what these games are all about,” he added.
“The boys are all feeling good, feeling sharp and we’re ready to keep that hard going this week in the build-up to taking on Villarreal.
“Pre-season has gone well so far and, with just a couple of weeks to go before the Norwich game, we’re all eager to get the new season underway.
“I feel as though we’re in a better place now than we were at this stage last season, and we all learnt our lessons after the Blackpool game on the opening day.
“We know full well the Norwich will come to the DW full of confidence – and we don’t want to make the same mistake twice.”