TIM Chow has hailed the influence of Gary Caldwell in moulding him into the player he is today.
The 21-year-old was released by the Latics earlier this month only for Caldwell to reverse the decision when he took over.
When I came into the youth team he was always a player I looked up to
Chow repaid that faith with a crucial goal in Saturday’s win over Brighton.
“When I came into the youth team he was always a player I looked up to,” said Chow.
“I always admired him and his attitude and it’s something I kind of based my game upon.
“Even this season when he wasn’t playing, he would still come in and was first in the gym, pushing himself.
“To keep going even when you’re not playing, that’s something that’s really rubbed off on me.
“Graham Barrow as well knows what I’m all about, and they gave me that chance. That’s all I’ve asked for and hopefully I’ve repaid them.
“You also look at Emmerson Boyce, who the fans look up to, and I hope one day I can have an impact in the team like that.”
Boss Caldwell is expected to keep faith with Chow for Saturday’s visit of play-off chasing Wolves, which will again be ‘must-win’ territory for Latics.
Caldwell’s men remain five points adrift of fourth-bottom Rotherham, who are still facing a possible points deduction for fielding an ineligible player in their recent win over Brighton.
Having smashed their eight-month winless home run at the weekend, Caldwell is hoping for back-to-back wins to crank up the pressure at the bottom.
“I said before the game that it wasn’t our record, going back all the way to August,” he said.
“We have to start our own record – we’re played one won one – and it’s something we want to continue.
“We want to make our home ground a place where opposition teams don’t want to come and play. I’m sure Brighton thought that and we need to make sure it’s the same with Wolves.”