Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes it is only a matter of time before Manchester City's Barclays Premier League title ambitions become a reality.
The Latics have the task of stopping Mark Hughes' expensively-assembled side at the DW Stadium on Sunday. But having already ended leaders Chelsea's 100% record, City - whose only defeat this season came at Manchester United - hold no fears for Wigan.
Their home record against City is impressive, with the visitors having not won in Wigan since 1998 when they faced each other in League One. However, having spent £120million in the summer Hughes' side is at last starting to deliver and are currently fourth in the table with a match in hand.
"What they did really well was fulfil expectations early on in the season," said Martinez. "It could have been difficult to have so much talent in that squad and not put it together as a team. What Mark Hughes has done is get a very talented squad well organised and they have had great results so far. If you look at the world-class talent he has signed all of them have Premier League experience.
"That is huge because individually you don't need to settle and that reduces the time you need to gel as a team. Mark has made them a very solid outfit and they are laying the foundations of a very successful team and the only way to do that is having that experience.
"Otherwise it is impossible because it takes too long for players to settle. In my opinion they are title contenders. It is only a matter of time before they fulfil their potential."