REWIND three years, and Jordi Gomez was widely regarded as the best player in the Championship as Roberto Martinez’s Swansea City narrowly missed the play-offs.
Fast forward to the present day, and the Spanish pair will be doing everything they can to ensure Wigan Athletic take a massive step out of the Premier League relegation mire at the Welsh side’s expense.
“I had a great time at Swansea, but I’m now at Wigan and that’s the only thing that I can be thinking about right now,” Gomez told the Observer, ahead of Saturday’s clash between the two at the DW Stadium.
“They have done very well this season, but I haven’t really been surprised to be honest.
“I knew they had a great team who play good football, and when you put those together then good things will happen.”
Swansea have built their success this term on a solid home record that has seen them suffer only two defeats at the Liberty Stadium.
However, all that could have been so different had – on the Swans’ home bow in August – Gomez and Victor Moses not hit the woodwork before Ben Watson missed from the penalty spot in a goalless draw.
“We were very unlucky that day, hitting the woodwork twice and having a penalty saved by the goalkeeper,” Gomez said.
“A draw won’t be good enough this time, though, and we will be going all-out for the three points.”
Latics will certainly feel three points slipped through their fingers against Aston Villa last weekend, although they did at least extend their unbeaten run to three matches.
“I thought we maybe deserved a little bit more because we dominated most of the game,” added Gomez. “But a point is a point and we have to consider it a good point.
“Unfortunately the ball wouldn’t go in for us, and that was the only thing that let us down on the day. But that’s three games now without losing, and it’s definitely something we need to build on.”
Despite being rock-bottom with 12 matches remaining, the former Espanyol man insists belief remains high in the camp they can get out of trouble.
“The team has been playing well for the last three games, and we are confident we have enough to get ourselves out of trouble,” he said.
“We try to win every game and sometimes it’s not possible to do that, but if you continue playing well for a long enough period the results will come.
“It doesn’t look good at the moment but all of the players are completely confident that we are good enough to turn it round.”