YANIC Wildschut has been tipped as the player who can strike fear into League One defences – and help Latics continue their unbeaten run.
The Dutchman, 23, has played a key role in helping propel Wigan Athletic into the play-off places.
And as they prepare for Saturday’s home clash with Swindon, team-mates have lauded the impact he’s made since arriving earlier this month.
“I’d hate to be a defender playing against him,” said Max Power.
“He’s so quick, powerful and skilful. He’s been a great addition to us, he’s really given us that extra spark.
“It’s great playing alongside him – it’s a case of get the ball, pass it to Yanic and let him take everyone on!”
Ajax-product Wildschut has scored twice in five games for Latics, and has yet to suffer defeat, having been involved in three wins and two draws. “You look at Yanic and he’s on a different level most of the time,” said winger Michael Jacobs.
“He picks up the ball and he just beats defenders for fun.
“He’s a fantastic addition to the team with the pace and power he brings.”
Gary Caldwell recruited Wildschut, a former Netherlands Under-21s international, on a three-month loan after he fell out of favour at Championship club Middlesbrough.
And Power says other players are profiting from his attacks.
“When you’ve got someone with his tenacity and pace, it’s great for us because it gets us up the pitch and creates space,” he said.
“Will (Grigg), Michael (Jacobs) and myself have all got more goals, because teams are starting to worry more about Yanic, and it opens up space – and we’ve got match-winners throughout the squad.
“He’s fitted in really well and hopefully he will carry that form on.”