Roberto Martinez has backed talismanic striker Hugo Rodallega to fire Wigan to Premier League safety.
The Colombian is the Latics' top league scorer since his £4.5million arrival at the club in December 2008 with 24 goals.
However, the player is widely tipped to leave the DW Stadium when his contract expires in the summer and there has already been interest from Tottenham and Italian giants Juventus for his services.
Martinez has other more pressing issues with his team currently sitting rock-bottom of the table having managed just 11 goals in their 14 home games.
But the Spaniard is banking on Rodallega to fire his team out of trouble following an improved showing in last week's draw at Norwich.
"I thought Hugo worked really well," said the Wigan boss. "He created many chances and brought a real threat to our attacking play. That's what we need.
"He's had a bit of an up and down season, but he's now ready to perform at his best.
"His performance (against Norwich) on Sunday showed he is fully committed. He's only got one thing on his mind and that's feeling like a winner by achieving our aim of staying up.
"He's been a tremendous professional for us. I expect him to be contagious to the other players, show he's here to win games for Wigan and to think of nothing else."
With Athletics' seven-year Premier League stay in serious jeopardy Martinez has refused to admit the situation is embarrassing and believes the remaining 10 games could make or break their season.
"It's not embarrassing," said the Spaniard. "We've had six draws at home and we did well enough in those games to get three points.
"That's why we are in the position we're in. I do think we've played a lot better as a team this season and we've been a lot stronger. But we've been unfortunate in key moments and got punished.
"I don't see our home form as a mental block. There is a mental block when, for whatever reason, you can't perform at home.
"That's not been the case for us and our draws against Chelsea and Liverpool felt like wins.
"You don't want such a big dream to finish with such a sad story. The players have a clear understanding of how important it is that we stay in the Premier League."
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