Everton loanee Francisco Junior praised by Wigan boss

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Everton prospect Francisco Junior was praised by Wigan boss Steven Caldwell.

Everton loanee Francisco Junior featured for Wigan as they drew 2-2 last night with Millwall.

The League One clash was a battle between two sides relegated from the Championship last season, with the Latics scoring a late equaliser.

Francisco Junior was returning to the side after missing the last five matches with injury, and won praise from manager Steven Caldwell.

Caldwell told Wigan's official website: "Francisco did great when he came on. I just felt we needed more energy in midfield and to be a bit more penetrative with our passes forward and I thought he gave us that.

“He got us up the pitch quickly with the strikers and really got them on the back foot. At times in the first-half I felt we were too safe in possession but after half time we got at them quicker and got our goal."

The 23-year-old has now made five appearances for Wigan, but frustratingly has only finished on the winning side once.

The former Portugual under-21 international will though benefit from regular football, having played 35 times for Everton's under-21 side, and only once for the first team.

This is his fourth spell on loan from the Toffees since being signed in 2012 by David Moyes, spending time in Holland with Vitesse, Norway with Stromgodset, and in League One with Port Vale last season.

He may just have done enough to impress Caldwell to earn a starting spot for their home game this weekend against Walsall.

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