ROGER Espinoza believes the anti-climax of his non-appearance for Latics against Bournemouth on Saturday could turn out to be a blessing in disguise in the long-term.
The Honduran had been expected to make his eagerly-awaited debut in the FA Cup third-round tie against the Cherries.
But the closer-than-expected nature of the game meant he remained on the bench for the full 90 minutes.
Espinoza had only arrived in the UK late on Thursday, meaning he’d only trained once with his new team-mates ahead of the game.
He’d been hoping to make a late cameo but, with Latics having to fight all the way to remain in the competition, Roberto Martinez opted instead to bring on strikers Angelo Henriquez, Nouha Dicko and the reassuring presence of James McArthur.
“I was ready to play but, at the same time, it might turn out to be a good thing that I didn’t get on,” Espinoza told the Evening Post.
“I’d not even managed to practice for a full day with the rest of the squad, so it wouldn’t have been ideal.
“Obviously if the circumstances had been different, and we’d been two or three goals up, it might have been a different story.
“But it wasn’t to be and it’s meant I can spend this week further acclimatising myself into the club ahead of the Fulham game.”
Espinoza joined Latics from Sporting Kansas City, signing a two-and-a-half year deal at the DW.