Roberto Martinez delighted with Franco Di Santo

Franco Di Santo
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Roberto Martinez has lavished praise upon his in-form forward Franco Di Santo.

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has praised his in-form striker Franco Di Santo after another impressive performance in the 2-2 draw with Stoke City on Saturday.

The Argentinian scored the Latics' second goal after some neat link-up play with new strike partner Arouna Kone.

Taking last season's games into consideration, the 23-year-old has five goals in eight league games. Martinez has lauded the forward's ability, claiming that he can be an "outstanding" player for the club.

"He is a striker with a tremendous touch, great finishing and energy and I think he can be outstanding in every aspect as a centre-forward," said the Wigan boss.

"You look at the second goal and it is as good as you are going to see in terms of centre-forward play.

"He is doing his duties defensively, in the counter-attack there is outstanding link-up play with his partner, and then he is as composed as you can be in the box."

Di Santo joined Wigan in 2010 from Chelsea.

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