Dutch winger hopes to offer a different dynamic for Latics after joining on three-month loan deal from Middlesbrough.
- 23-year-old describes himself as “fast and strong”.
- Amsterdam-born former Netherlands U21 winger discusses Ajax upbringing and move to English football with Boro.
- Wildschut, who is available for tomorrow’s clash with Walsall, hopes to add some different to Gary Caldwell’s squad.
The 23-year-old, who has scored once in two appearances for the Teessiders in the 2015-16 campaign, hasn’t featured for Aitor Karanka’s side since a 1-0 home defeat to Bristol City in August and was snapped up by Gary Caldwell as he looks to give his side different options in the build up to Christmas with Craig Davies, Grant Holt, Shaquile Coulthirst and Don Cowie among those attacking options currently recovering from injuries.
Speaking exclusively to LaticsPlayerHD following his arrival, the winger said:
“I am really pleased; for me it is a great opportunity to play and that is why I came here. I had a good conversation with the manager and it didn’t take long for me to decide to come here because he said what I needed to hear.”
Describing his style and how he has settled into English football in his first year, following a move to the Riverside Stadium from Heerenveen, the Amsterdam-born winger says he is suited to what domestic football in this country offers.
“It is difficult in England, different from Dutch football; it is faster and stronger but I think that suits me because I am a strong and fast guy, hopefully I can bring that to Wigan.
“I think I have pace and power, they are my best qualities and hopefully I can add something to the team that it doesn’t have already, I think that is why the manager brought me in so hopefully I can bring that to the team and take Wigan Athletic back to where they belong.”
Wildschut progressed through the ranks at Ajax, a place many greats have forged their path into professional football.
And he spoke of his pride at the experience he was afforded at the Amsterdam Arena.
“It is a dream for anybody growing up in Holland to play for a massive club like Ajax,” Wildschut explained. “When I was there Frank de Boer was my manager. Everything around Ajax is brilliant, you want to play in the Arena, I really enjoyed my time there.”
Wildschut trained with his new Wigan Athletic teammates this morning and is ready to feature against Walsall on Saturday.
“It was just a light session this morning ahead of tomorrow’s game but it was nice to get on the pitch with the lads and get to know them a little bit,” he added. “I am fit, available and ready to play tomorrow so I am looking forward to it.”