Boss' delight at Di Santo's progress

by Setanta Staff , 02 September 2012 Boss' delight at Di Santo's progress

Roberto Martinez is full of praise for striker Franco Di Santo after an impressive all-round display in Wigan's 2-2 draw with Stoke.

Di Santo netted the hosts' second goal in the 49th minute after actually starting the move inside his own half, before sprinting forward into the box to tuck away Aroune Kone's return ball with some style.

That strike, extending back to last season, was the Argentinian's fifth goal in eight top-flight matches - a run which has doubled his Wigan total since joining them from Chelsea in the summer of 2010.

Martinez has been delighted to see the improvement in Di Santo's conversion rate and was keen to emphasise the range of attributes he felt the 23-year-old had demonstrated with Saturday's goal.

"I always knew Franco was a striker with tremendous potential," said Martinez. "Remember that he arrived in this country (in 2008) at a really young age and had to learn quickly. "

He is a striker with a tremendous touch, great finishing and energy and I think he can be outstanding in every aspect as a centre-forward.

You look at the second goal and it is as good as you are going to see in terms of centre-forward play.

"He is doing his duties defensively, in the counter-attack there is outstanding link-up play with his partner, and then he is as composed as you can be in the box. The play between Arouna and Franco was outstanding for that goal and that is why you get a little bit frustrated - because a goal like that deserves all three points."

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