Name: Jackson Martinez
Club: FC Porto
International Caps: 27
With Martinez’s agent confirming that he is due to hold talks with Arsenal and Manchester United in the coming days, fans of both teams will be eager to see their potential new man in action against Greece later today. Even though Falcao is considered Colombia’s main man, the Porto striker is expected to feature heavily in the South Americans’ efforts to progress out of Group C and beyond.
Martinez’s name has been consistently linked with the Premier League over the past few seasons. The forward has been prolific in the Portuguese top flight, with forty six league goals in the last two seasons alone. Put simply, the Colombian hasn’t stopped scoring since moving to Porto in 2012.
With a potent combination of pace and power, Martinez seems perfectly placed to make the transition into the Premier League. Capable of dominating aerially and stretching defences with his running in behind, the Colombian possesses the necessary attributes to occupy the popular lone striking role.
However, Martinez’s new team-mates at either the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford shouldn’t expect to be teed-up at any point by the striker. Like many natural goalscorers, the 27 year old is a selfish forward who has failed to create many chances in his time at Porto.
Out of the two interested sides, a move to Arsenal would appear to make more sense. An alternative or replacement to Olivier Giroud is desperately required at the Emirates, while Martinez may struggle to usurp Wayne Rooney or Robin Van Persie at Old Trafford. In any case, the Colombian will be hoping to make a big impression on potential suitors this summer, beginning against Greece later today.