Boselli wants second bite at Wigan

Mauro Boselli in pre-season training
Mauro Boselli in pre-season training

MAURO Boselli is hoping to take advantage of a clean slate – and kickstart his Wigan Athletic career at the second time of asking.

The Argentina striker is in Austria with the rest of the Latics squad as they prepare for the new season, which kicks off in less than a month.

After spending much of his two years at the club out on loan, first in Italy with Genoa and then back home with his old club Estudiantes, Boselli is back – with a massive point to prove.

And Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists he’ll be given every chance to prove himself in the Premier League.

“Everyone is in the same position at the start of pre-season – the slate is clean and it’s a fresh start for all the players,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“That applies to Mauro as much as anyone, because he brings something different – something that we don’t have in the squad.

“What we have to do is allow him to show that.

“His attitude has been very good, he is a real pro and we hope he can settle back in and show his undoubted quality.

“We have seen Mauro having good experiences over in Italy and back home in Argentina, and he is desperate to be a success in England now.”

The 27-year-old will get his first chance to impress when Latics take on local side Micheldorf tonight (7pm kick off) in the first of three hit-outs on their Austrian tour.

And Martinez is hoping to see glimpses of the old Boselli from the start – the player who was rated as the deadliest striker in South American when Wigan snapped him up two years ago.

“You can instantly see that Mauro is very happy in his private life at the moment,” Martinez added.

“His season only finished on June 24, which made it a long, long campaign in which he scored a number of important goals.

“But he was desperate to rejoin the group here, come over to Austria and start playing games again.

“We are all excited about that prospect and we will all wait and see how that develops.

“We need to take it step by step – I don’t think there’s a need to look too far down the line, because he is coming in on the back of a very intense season.

“Hopefully the next week or so will show us how quickly he’ll be able to help this group of players to get results next season.”

After tonight’s game, Latics will take on Bulgarian outfit Botev Plovdiv at the Pichi bei Wels, Winkelfeld on Thursday, before ending their tour with a glamour friendly against Bundesliga side Hoffenheim at Bad Wimsbach.

All matches start at 7pm local time.