Roberto Martinez says Hugo Rodallega has been like 'a new player' for Wigan Athletic following the closure of the January transfer window.
Colombian Rodallega has top scored for the club during the last two seasons, but reportedly sought a move away from the JJB Stadium last month.
However, no departure transpired, and manager Martinez says the striker's morale has improved considerably ahead of Wigan's match away to Bolton on Saturday.
"Remember, every footballer is a human being," Martinez said.
"It is normal that you get distracted by all the speculation.
"We have seen that time after time and I am sure we are going to see it in the future. Now I am delighted the window is closed and we are all really focused.
"Hugo has been nothing but a great professional, bringing great standards on a daily basis.
"In the last two years we have seen what he has done on the football pitch and we need Hugo at 100 percent. We need him enjoying his football.
"Since the transfer deadline, in many ways, we have found a new player and we need to enjoy Hugo's quality until the end of the season."
Rodallega was the hero for Wigan in their survival scrap last season, but has only netted twice this term as he continues to struggle with recurring injuries.
Martinez believes this weekend's clash with Bolton might be the right time for the centre-forward to fire.
"Hugo is ready now," Martinez said. "He had a bit of a soft tissue problem that he picked up against Man City and we had to look after that.
"Now everyone is available and wants to play (and) Hugo is no different - he is desperate to be on the pitch to help the team."