The Premier league club Wigan Athletic have had moved in to secure the signing of the Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza. The 26-year-old has been signed from the MLS club Sporting Kansas City.
Due to the fact that he now has a work permit to play in England, he is expected to be handed his first taste of English football in the FA Cup third-round match against Bournemouth. Wigan have had a lot of success with signing Honduras players with several from the past like Wilson Palacios and Maynor Figueroa having important roles at the club.
Roger Espinoza has been in the United States of America since 12 years of age. The new manager Roberto Martinez has stated that foreign players usually require time to settle at the club, but Espinoza is extremely keen on showing what he can do that he is likely to play against Bournemouth. This is one of the numerous fixtures that will see Premier league position being pitted against lower league opposition in the third round of the FA Cup this season. The transfer fee paid by the club has not been revealed. Espinoza was one of the impressive players for Honduras at the London Olympics 2012.
“Usually players would have more time preparing for their debut and getting used to their new team mates, but Roger is so desperate to play as soon as he can that we hope to see him on the pitch on Saturday. He is an excellent talent and every time we have seen him play he has shown the desire that as a club we like to see from our players. The Olympics in the summer gave a great example of just what he can do on the pitch, especially in his performances against Spain and Brazil,” said Roberto Martinez.