Martinez calls for N'Zogbia to show dedication after Wigan near exit

Wigan's manager Roberto Martinez has warned the winger Charles N'Zogbia he has to prove himself to his team-mates after almost leaving last week.

The Frenchman was on the verge of a £9m move to Birmingham City after the Latics agreed a fee but the deal collapsed when the 24-year-old altered his demands.

N'Zogbia was left out of the side which beat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane last Saturday and even reportedly tried to resurrect a deal with the Blues on transfer deadline day last Monday.

Martinez admits the player has plenty of work to do to get back into favour at the DW Stadium. "He is an important player for Wigan. Now it is a matter of him showing the players how focused and dedicated he is to help the team achieve things," the Wigan manager said yesterday. "Charles has been through a turbulent period but he wanted to stay at Wigan so his frame of mind is the right one.

"Now he has to show how ready he is on the training ground to see if he can be prepared to help the team get a result. You need to prove yourself, show how much you care about the team and the club before yourself and if you do that your talent will speak.

"When you have talented players like Charles N'Zogbia you want them in the football club and now it is down to him to show how much he wants to play."

Martinez alluded to the effect the actions of N'Zogbia have had within the squad. "What you get with that sort of result [at Tottenham] is that we have real competition for places and that is quite clear," added the Spaniard. "There is a real team spirit in the dressing room. We have eight new players and lost 10 so you can understand the dressing room loses certain rules and certain responsibilities, and it is very easy to have individuals playing as a team.

"To have that feeling as a group of players fighting for each other and understanding what the next move is in relation to my team-mate – that is how you become a team."

Aston Villa have re-signed the veteran goalkeeper Andy Marshall on a one-year deal. The 35-year-old was released by the Midlands club on a free transfer over the summer, but has been drafted back into the Villa ranks by the caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald as cover for first-choice keeper Brad Friedel and his understudy Brad Guzan.

Marshall, whose new deal ties him to the club until June, joined Villa in the summer of 2009 after his release from Coventry but failed to make a first-team appearance last term. "It's been in the pipeline for the last three weeks that it could happen," Marshall said of his return on the club's website.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links