Mauro Boselli is making a good case for a chance to show what he can do in the Premier League, according to Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.
The Argentinian striker has made only five league starts since arriving from Estudiantes for £6.5 million two years ago, but Martinez has been impressed with his recent form and is considering handing him a first Premier League start since December 2010 when West Ham visit the DW Stadium on Saturday.
"Mauro is ensuring there is strong competition in the forward line," Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post. "Franco di Santo, Arouna Kone and Mauro are spurring each other on, which is helping them to even greater heights. But Mauro's goalscoring ability is there for everyone to see."
Boselli has taken a long time to adapt to English football, not helped by the fact that most of his time at the club has been spent on loan elsewhere. He had only been at Wigan for seven months when he joined Italian club Genoa on a half-season loan in January 2011.
And the striker then spent the whole of last season back in Argentina as he returned to Estudiantes on loan but he returned to the North West during the summer, after becoming a father, willing to have another crack at establishing himself in the Premier League.
Boselli, who scored freely in pre-season, has made three substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, with his main impact coming in the Capital One Cup, where he has scored three times in two starts.
The 27-year-old also scored a hat-trick as an overage player for the Under-21 development squad in a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Monday, and Martinez is contemplating whether to give him a another chance in the league.
"Mauro has always been an excellent worker in training, and he is also someone who has been asking to play for the Under-21s to keep up his match sharpness," the Wigan boss added. "He has never once been forced to play, but he knows he needs that match intensity and the spacial awareness of those games to ensure he's ready when he is called upon.
"That shows his attitude and his professionalism, and that he's prepared to do whatever it takes for him to be at his best. It's a great example for any youngster learning the game, and we all look forward to seeing Mauro back to his best this season."