ROBERTO Martinez has refused to close the door on Mauro Boselli’s Wigan career despite giving him the green light to join Genoa for the rest of the season.
Boselli will formally complete his six-month loan switch to the Italian outfit when he proves his fitness following a grade one hamstring problem, which could drag on until the start of next week.
The 25-year-old’s move will signal the end, temporarily, of a nightmare period for the £6million striker, who arrived at the DW last summer amid a blaze of publicity and expectation.
However, the man who was rated as the deadliest striker in South America during his Estudiantes days has so far failed to net a single Premier League goal.
Although sanctioning his exit, Martinez has not given up hope that Boselli could still prove himself in England after rebuilding his confidence in Serie A.
He told the Evening Post: “It’s important we realise Mauro has not been able to be himself. But he’s only 25 and hasn’t reached his peak yet.
“At the moment, it’s a bit difficult because he can’t be the player he has been for the past two seasons at Estudiantes, and we need to help him reach that level again.
“That means this move is a necessity at the moment.
“I still feel he’s a real goalscorer, but it’s also about making sure you can adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
“Going away on loan is exactly what he needs to help the team and to help himself. For Mauro to play five months in Italy, it will help him make that jump from South America into the Premier League.
“Then we will get the real Mauro Boselli – and that is going to be a massive asset for our football club.”
The departure of Boselli, – thought to be one of Wigan’s top earners – will obviously open the door for Martinez to enter the January market for striking reinforcements.
But the Spaniard insists he will not be throwing money around willy-nilly in search of a quick fix to his side’s obvious problems in front of goal.
“We are not going to bring in players for the sake of it,” he promised.
“I am far more concerned with trying to get Franco di Santo, Victor Moses and James McCarthy back from injury.
“If we can get those three back to full fitness, they are going to be the best signings we can make this month.
“We will carry on looking to help the squad, but the January window is very specific and we have to make sure we are bringing in the right player, the right character.”
Martinez also pledged any incomings would be proven top-class players who would be able to hit the ground running.
He added: “We are not going to gamble. If we are going to bring someone in, it’s because we know exactly what they can bring to the squad.