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Wigan’s Hendry Thomas: A Player to Watch

Hendry Thomas Wigans Hendry Thomas: A Player to Watch

Hendry Thomas is an unfamiliar name to many English Football fans. But from the vantage point of the CONCACAF region, he’s becoming a giant, an emerging titan in the relatively weak word of Central American football.

Thomas, is Honduran, like his current Wigan team mate Maynor Figueroa and former Wigan man Wilson Palacios. The player has emerged as a hard man for the Honduran National Team, and a successful two way player as his nation seeks its first World Cup birth since 1982.

I watched Thomas score his first international goal in Fort Lauderdale’s venerable Lockhart Stadium in early 2008 versus Colombia in a 2-1 victory. In that match Thomas showed his ability as a two way player that will serve him well in England.

Thomas sat right in front of the Honduran back four in that game breaking up many a Colombian attack, while also making daring runs forward to supplement the attack. Recently, he’s provided the same quality in World Cup qualifying.

The player, who was successful at Olimpia in the Honduran domestic league, agreed to join Wigan in 2008 but was denied a UK Work Permit. This time however, with Thomas enjoying an extended run in his national side’s starting eleven, he was approved and joined the Premier League club.

Two way players are essential in Roberto Martinez’s setup at Wigan, and Thomas provides a quality at an affordable price, that a small club needs.

Dave Whelan’s management brilliance has seen a side that was not even in the Football League, 30 years back have an extended top flight run.  This comes at the very same time that legendary clubs like Nottingham Forrest and Leeds United have been buried in the lower divisions for a long period.

Thomas is another piece in Wigan’s puzzle to Premier League stability and success.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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10 Responses to Wigan’s Hendry Thomas: A Player to Watch

  1. The Gaffer says:

    I was really impressed by Thomas’s Premier League debut against Aston Villa. Not only was he physical, but he also dribbled the ball past quite a few Villa players near the corner flag and left them standing in the dust. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he continues to improve at Wigan. Definitely a star in the making.

    The Gaffer

  2. MattyDub says:

    Any other Honduran players, that we should know about, making waves for the national team?

  3. Andy says:

    Just wait and see. Rumour has it that latics will sign another two hondurans over the next few weeks. One doesn’t qualify for a work permit yet as he has only just turned 19 but latics are prepared to sign him and send him back to olimpia on loan for a year or two

  4. Ekul Elyor says:

    yes this is true, wigan will sign oscar garcia a 24 year old right back, and roger rojas, who will be loaned back, a 19 year old striker. Both players will sign from deportivo olimpia, the same club as palacios, figueroa and thomas signed from

  5. says:

    I think this will work out to be a nice parting gift from Steve Bruce. Brucey’s scouting network transformed Wigan from relegation scrappers to Europa League contenders with the players listed in the article. When Bruce moved to Sunderland he tried to wrestle Thomas away from the JJB but the deal had alreay been done

  6. NewtonHeath says:

    looks like wigan might as well be the honduran national team if palacios had stayed. must be their new ‘training ground’ for in between international matches.


  7. ekul elyor says:

    Oscar Garcias agent Manolo Bernardez has confirmed his client will sign for Wigan next week. Garcia is said to be delighted to be given the chance to prove himself on the highest stage, and will try his best to force his way into the starting 11. Bernardez also confirmed the transfer will cost around £1.5million and is subject to international clearance

  8. AdamTheRed says:

    “..weak word of CONCACAF football.” ?????


  9. Jose Carlos says:

    Boniek Garcia is expected to sign today. About Rojas im not so sure. Im from honduras and a fan of Olimpia and Hendry Thomas along with Boniek Garcia are the best players in the squad. The new emerging star is Jonny Calderon. Maybe in a couple of years he can turn into a great player. Hes got Talent. As for Garcia i hope he plays as a winger. Hes very very fast and with some more experience im sure he will easily be in a major club in England. No offense to Wigan Fans

  10. Carlos Zelaya says:

    For MattyDub, there are many up and coming stars in Honduras like; Jhonny Calderon, Roger Rojas, Cristian Martinez, and Allan Gutierrez who is going to get a contract for Chievo Verona in serie A as soon as the -17 world cup finishes. Other players who are set to move to England are Carlo Costly (the top scorer in CONCACAF), Emilio Izaguirre (the best Honduran player in the local league 22 years old) Osman Chavez (the best defender in the national team after Figgy) and Ramon Nunez from Cruz Azul (Mexico).
    All are set to go to Wigan,Ipswich,Tottenham, and Birmingham

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