Aston Villa’s recruitment has been nothing short of woeful since they were promoted to the Premier League.
Over £100m was spent last summer, but the calibre of player they brought in simply wasn’t good enough, with the Villans only avoiding relegation on the final day.
The Midlands outfit will want to be more comfortable this season, and they’re on their way to building a squad capable of picking up a lot of points with both Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins joining already this summer.
However, despite that good work, Villa may have just made a big blunder that has cost them £20m.
Of course, we’re talking about the arrival of Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal.
Now, nobody can argue that Villa didn’t need a goalkeeper due to Tom Heaton’s ongoing injury problems, but it’s hard to put together a real argument for Martinez being the answer.
Yes, the Argentine was exceptional towards the end of last season, helping Arsenal win the FA Cup and earning a lot of plaudits along the way, but the fact of the matter is he’s a 28-year-old with only 70 league appearances to his name.
Confidence and form is so key for a goalkeeper, and we don’t know how Martinez will recover from a setback or a blunder, and for some goalkeepers, one error is enough to derail an entire career.
Paul Robinson has admitted he was never the same after his error vs Croatia in 2007, while the trials and tribulations of the 2018 World Cup has seen a massive downturn in form from David de Gea.
Coughing up £20m for Martinez on the back of a handful of good games for Arsenal is irresponsible. The sample size simply isn’t big enough to be certain that he’s a goalie capable of keeping Villa in the Premier League, and you can’t help but feel that there were plenty of other more proven glovesmen available at that price