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Martinez likens Wigan midfielder Watson to Real Madrid star Xabi

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has likened Ben Watson to Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso.

Martinez believes Watson can be just like the former Liverpool star with his passing and creativity.

Martinez said: "Ben is a unique player playing in a unique role. He could have been born in Holland or Spain as technically he is as good as it gets.

"In his tactical play I see a lot of similarities between him and Xabi Alonso when he was at Liverpool and now Real Madrid.

"You just don't get English players with that level of tactical ­awareness, he has the quality to make a short pass or a long pass."

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