Martinez tips Kiernan for a bright future

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez insists Rob Kiernan has the potential to play at the top level.

Kiernan, currently on loan at Brentford, has not made a senior appearance for the Latics since being signed from Watford in 2011 and has not been been a regular starter since arriving at Griffin Park.

But Martinez is happy with the 22-year-old’s development and had no qualms about letting him stay with the Bees for the rest of the season.

“Rob is gaining an incredible experience with Brentford,” Martinez told West London Sport.

“He is accelerating his development process and I have been very impressed with the manner that he’s developed.

“I hope Brentford can take advantage of the talented young man that Rob can be. He is one of our young players who has an incredible potential.

Rosler has deployed Kiernan in midfield.
Rosler has deployed Kiernan in midfield.

“He is a captain, a leader – one of those rare members of that breed of players who are talkers and communicators. I am very excited about his future.

“He’s had a couple of injuries last season but he’s come back really strong and I’ve been very impressed this season. He’s played very good games for Brentford, and in training for us.

“Rob is a terrific example to other youngsters at Wigan and he can be as good as he wants to be.”

And Martinez praised Brentford boss Uwe Rosler, who was a factor in the Spaniard’s decision to let Kiernan stay in the capital.

Kiernan is primarily a centre-back but Rosler has deployed him as a defensive midfielder.

And Martinez said: “Rob can play either at centre-half or in front of the defence as Uwe Rosler has been using him.

“The attention to detail of Uwe has been a real important factor for Rob to extend the loan.

“I just feel the way Brentford is run at the moment is very professional. They are developing a very strong winning mentality with very strong football concepts.

“They try to play the right way which is vital for young players and way they develop.

“We have got a very good relationship with Brentford. We know exactly what he’s doing in training and in games – it really helps to have that close link.

“So I am really excited for Rob to develop and gain important Football League experience there.

“Hopefully at the end of the journey it will allow him to have his time in the Premier League.”



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