The Manchester United and Arsenal loanees should play together this weekend in the FA cup, and they could be crucial to Wigan’s attempts to finish strongly in the Premier League and avoid relegation once again.
In recent years, Wigan have made the art of late surges to Premier League safety very much synonymous with themselves, and with the club sitting in the relegation zone after 21 matches again this time around, they will need a big finish to ensure safety again.
There has traditionally been a fairly high turnover of players at the DW, with talented youngsters turned into Premier League stars before leaving for greener pastures. The club has also worked wonder with loan players before, with Tom Cleverley benefiting hugely from his time at Wigan. This season Martinez has two of the more exciting young players in the league to work with in the second half of the season, with Henriquez joining Miyaichi at the DW.
Despite joining in the summer Miyaichi has yet to make an impression this season, as injury problems have restricted the Japanese international to a handful of appearances. However the Arsenal loanee is now fully fit, and could return to action as Henriquez makes his debut for the club in the FA cup match with Bournemouth.
It will be exciting to see the two play, and both could have a huge bearing on Wigan’s relegation fight. Henriquez will be needed to provide the goals for a side that has been overly reliant on Arouna Kone thus far, and Miyaichi could also chip in towards this breaking in off his flank.
Of the pair Henriquez is perhaps the more exciting prospect, although Miyaichi has greater experience of the Premiership having impressed on loan at Bolton last season. The Chilean has been prolific at whatever level he has played at so far in his young career, and even scored on his senior international debut last November. Wigan have never really found the prolific goalscorer to complement their attacking prowess, and Henriquez could be a revelation for them in the second half of the season.
With Martinez also completing the signing Roger Espinoza already, Wigan will hope to have two new faces in the side against Bournemouth, along with a fully fit Miyaichi. If they are to ensure survival again, then their two young loan stars could well be vital to their chances, and it will certainly be worth keeping an eye on their progress this season.