Roberto Martinez has paid tribute to Hugo Rodallega following an 'inspirational' performance against Wolves.
The Colombian striker has been at Wigan less than two years but is already a talismanic figure and is closing in on the club record for Premier League goals.
He found the target again in the vital 2-1 victory over Wolves on Boxing Day that lifted the Latics out of the relegation zone.
But it was not just his smart finish that impressed Martinez, who says the 25-year-old has a wonderful attitude as well as great ability.
"You look at the talent of players and with Hugo it is quite clear that he has that natural gift of moving with perfect timing," said Martinez.
"I think his work ethic was a real inspiration for the team as he played in that lone position (up front).
"He is still a very young man but he has scored 18 goals in the Premier League and he wants to beat the club record of 20 set by Henri Camara.
"He has that motivation and desire, which is taking him to the level he is showing week in, week out."
Having fired Wigan in front early on at Molineux, Rodallega set up Tom Cleverley to make it 2-0 with a fine pass.
Cleverley, who is on a season-long loan from Manchester United, now has three goals in his last four games for Wigan and Martinez believes the 21-year-old has all the attributes to reach the very top of his profession.
"More than anything, it is his attitude," Martinez said.
"We always meet very talented footballers, but the attitude he has got and the tactical awareness - it is not normal for a young man like him.
"There is no doubt about it - if his development is right, he will get to the top of the game."