Give Roberto Martinez credit; if nothing else, the guy has guts.
After a few disparaging results, the Latics found their form and bested Newcastle, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in impressive fashion. The run keeps Wigan up for a third straight year and propelled Martinez into the spotlight.
However, little attention is paid to the metric ton of self-confidence it took to see that shift through.
Few remember, for instance, the 8-0 thrashing Wigan took at Stamford Bridge on the day the formation was first deployed.
Many would have given up after that, but not Martinez.
He stuck with his decision and prevailed.
That self-confidence and tactical genius coupled with his locker-room popularity places the Spaniard at the top of the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) wish list.
Thus the question becomes: Which Liverpool players will benefit most from his pass-heavy, attacking football?
What follows is a list of five names. Each player appears poised to thrive at Anfield under Martinez.