New-boy Markus dreams of Swede success at Latics

Markus Holgersson in action for New York Red Bulls
Markus Holgersson in action for New York Red Bulls
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UWE Rosler believes Markus Holgersson possesses all the attributes to become a star at Wigan Athletic.

As exclusively revealed by the Evening Post, Latics have finalisedd a short-term deal until the end of the season for the Sweden international – subject to international clearance.

While the transfer window is now closed, Latics were able to sign Holgersson as he was a free agent after leaving the New York Red Bulls at the end of last year.

And Rosler believes the 28-year-old defender will be a great addition to the squad for the run-in.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring in a very experienced player, who has captained the New York Red Bulls,” Rosler told the Evening Post.

“I also know him from his time in Sweden with Helsingborgs, when he played in a championship-winning side.

“Markus is 28, at the best age of his career, and he offers us the kind of qualities we are looking for.

“He is a ball-playing centre-half, a very smart player, who understands he has to adapt very quickly to the physicality of the English game.

“I just feel that, because of the problems we’ve faced since I’ve been here in the defence, it was necessary.

“We’ve had to play the same two centre-backs more or less every single week, sometimes with no cover, and we needed to strengthen.”

Holgersson spent two years with New York in the MLS, making 63 appearances and helping the Red Bulls lift the MLS Supporters’ Shield last term.

While Holgersson hasn’t kicked a competitive ball for several weeks, Rosler has been impressed by his general fitness.

“The MLS season finished a while ago, but he has been training back in Sweden with Helsingborgs for the last few weeks and he has impressed us with his fitness levels,” added the Wigan boss.

“You could see straight away that he was in a good condition.

“Is he in top condition? I don’t think so, because you need to games for that.

“But I feel he is in good enough shape to compete for a place.”

Holgersson won his solitary cap for Sweden against Qatar in January 2012, shortly after joining New York.

He will wear Arouna Kone’s old No.2 shirt at Latics.