'Ramis & Fyvie add real quality to squad' says Martinez
Roberto Martinez believes Ivan Ramis looked right at home during his Latics debut against former Real Mallorca on Sunday afternoon, playing 45 minutes before receiving a warm round of applause from the home crowd.
Ramis had completed his transfer to the Club during the week, and Martinez says the experience will prove to be an important one for the 27 year-old:
“I’ve been very pleased with Ivan; at how he’s settled in to life at our club and with his performance on his debut,” said the Gaffer.
“After a long drawn-out week of negotiations it was important for him to be able to play 45 minutes and do so looking composed and experienced – he’s got a very bright future with Wigan Athletic.”
Another player making his home debut was Fraser Fyvie, who came off the bench in the closing stages to a similar reception from the Latics faithful, with Martinez again happy to see another new face in blue & white:
“Fraser came on late in the game but was able to get a taste of what it’s like to play at the DW Stadium and he’ll be another real drop of quality in our squad this season.”
Overall, the Gaffer expressed his satisfaction with the match as a training exercise, despite the 2-0 defeat, reserving special praise for the home crowd:
“It was the type of exercise we needed at this point of our pre-season, with many players needing to experience 90 minutes.
“We were able to that without suffering any injuries and the high standard opposition were the perfect team for us to face.
“In every game you play you want to win, but the priority was to get players through a full game and see the things we’ve been working on, and I was happy from that aspect.
“There are still areas we need to improve in, but as a physical exercise the match was a real success.
“Mallorca were very well organised, particularly in defence and so presented a great test for all the good work we’ve got behind us in pre-season.
“Now is the period where we need to sharpen up and this game, together with the match at Celta Vigo next Sunday (Sunday 12 August) will help us take another big step forward.
“Overall, I think having a game at home allowed us all to remind one another how beautiful a football club we are.
“There’s great excitement in the group about the start of the new season, but when you can share these preparations with such special fans it serves only to boost that anticipation.”