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Roberto Martinez believes Wigan starlet Victor Moses - who celebrates his 21st birthday on Monday - is ready to fulfil his potential after scoring his first goal for 13 months against West Brom.

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Moses joined the Latics from Crystal Palace to a fanfare nearly two years ago in a £2.5 million deal, but has struggled to live up to expectations since then, culminating in him going more than a year without finding the back of the net.

But against West Brom he scored, and earned the penalty - converted by Jordi Gomez - that sealed back-to-back away wins for Wigan and moved them out of the bottom three.

Martinez has been delighted with the performances of Moses despite his lack of goals and is confident he will prove his worth.

"It was a real quality finish by Victor for our first goal and great skill by him to get the penalty," Moses said. "When you have got talent like Victor, he can be unstoppable in one versus one situations.

"His goal will give him a real confidence boost but I'm extremely pleased with the level of performance of Victor even though he has not been scoring goals. He is 21 on Monday so this is a fantastic birthday present. Getting goals, getting that final pass, or getting penalties, is something he can do.

"He is very natural, extremely talented and has a great love for the game. He is still a young man, still improving, still getting better, but his attitude will allow him to fulfil his potential.''

Latics skipper Gary Caldwell added: "We all know the talent Victor has got. We see it every day. He is a tremendous young talent. I think at times he doesn't know how good he is. It is a big step up into the Premier League but he is growing with every game.''


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