Them and us – Wilson Palacios (Latics and Tottenham Hotspur)

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Wilson was signed by Steve Bruce on 11th January 2008 from Honduras outfit Deportivo Olimpia. The midfielder, who had been on loan at Bruces’ former club, Birmingham City, signed a three and a half year deal and arrived at the JJB Stadium for a fee of £770,000. He made his Latics Premiership debut the following day in a crucial relegation six pointer against Paul Jewell’s Derby County at Pride Park, which Latics won 1-0 courtesy of an Antoine Sibierski goal.

He made 16 Premiership appearances without scoring by the end of the 2007/08 season, during which he became a firm crowd favourite. During the pre season he signed a new, improved contract much to the delight of the fans who feared that he and team mate Luis Antonio Valencia were bound for Manchester United.

However, he was only at the JJB Stadium until the following transfer window, he was snapped up by Tottenham Hotspur on 20th January 2009 for a club record fee of £14,000,000. His final game for Latics was against Manchester City on 17th January 2009 and his final Wigan Athletic career total was 37 Premier League games played, without scoring.

Since then his career has blossomed and he is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world.  He has made 62 Premier League apperaances for Spurs, making his debut in a 3-2 defeat against Bolton Wanderers on 31st January 2009.  His only goal for the club to date came on 19th August 2009 against Hull City which he dedicated to his murdered brother Edwin Rene who was kidnapped around the time he made his Latics/Spurs switch.

He has three other brothers, Milton, Johnny and Jerry.  Along with Johnny and Jerry, Wilson made World Cup history during the South Africa 2010 World Cup tournament as they became to first trio of brothers to represent their club during the competition.

All at TNS wish Wilson all the very best in his career, regarded as one of the best players to ever pull on the blue and white shirt we will always be on the look out for positive results for him…

… apart from those 90 minutes on Saturday!

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