With all the talk lately about Wigan Athletic having to sell to buy, it is refreshing to see that we aren’t just waiting to see what starlets are at the World Cup, we are signing them first. The signing today of Antolin Alcaraz, a Paraguayan defender, sees 7 players representing Latics at this year’s World Cup Finals.
Roberto Martinez has broken the Latics mould by buying Antolin Alcaraz, a Paraguayan defender before anybody has been sold. Although the cynic in me sees this as getting replacements in first, maybe we actually don’t need to sell this year unless stupid money is being offered.
The arrival of a new Centre Half has raised eyebrows and we won’t have to wait until preseason to see him as he will be on our TV Screens in the World Cup Finals in June. That means we will have 7 representatives in South Africa, our new signing will be with Maynor Figueroa, Steve Gohouri, Hendry Thomas, Richard Kingson, Vladimir Stojkovic and Won Hee-Cho.
Talking about our new signing the Club statement reads:
The club are delighted to announce they have agreed terms to sign World Cup bound Paraguayan international centre half Antolin Alcaraz.
Latics manager Roberto Martinez said: “We are thrilled to have been able to capture a player’s of the calibre of Antolin. I think everyone will realise what a quality player he is when we see him at the World Cup for Paraguay.
“He is a highly versatile defender with great awareness and distribution and has great pride in keeping clean sheets. He is entering the best period of his career and is looking forward to adding to his international and European experience, as well as playing for his country in the World Cup.”
The powerful 6 ft 2 inch centre half has been a virtual ever-present at Belgian giants Club Brugge for two and a half seasons, playing almost 70 times in the league and 16 European games for the team who have just finished 2nd in the Belgian League behind Anderlecht.
He previously spent time in Portugal with SC Beira Mar, having initially come to play in Europe for Fiorentina in Italy.
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