Less than a month ago the January transfer window slammed (it never merely closes) shut, yet the talk of moves, deals and big money signings has already got going ahead of the summer’s addition of the merry-go-round. As ever, Arsenal are a side in the headlines when it comes to talented stars, with a certain Jackson Martinez thought to be a £29.5m target for Arsene Wenger.
The Colombia international has been talked about for some time and tipped to make the trip to England on many occasions, but this year could be the one in which we finally get to see if he can cut it in the Premier League. We at FFC Towers believe he has what it takes and that Arsenal should take the plunge.
Here are FIVE reasons why…
Right, there’s no other way to go about this than with pure number crunching…
With 62 goals in 80 appearances for Porto since his 2012 move, Martinez registers 1.29 strikes per game, which he then couples with 10 in 35 for Colombia – almost a record of one in three. Wow! Further to this, he notched a goal every other game for Mexican side Chiapas, and scored 55 times for home nation side Independiente Medellin, which is impressive considering he broke through at the club.
The leap from Portuguese football to England is a massive one, but such numbers suggest that he has what it takes to do so.
“Top physical strengths, hugely efficient, he is the kind of player who can make room for himself in the box.
“He could play in the Premier League because he has the body to make the difference. He uses it in a very intelligent way. Very short back lift and he’s a very good finisher.”
The words of no less than Wenger himself in relation to Martinez. With a fair amount of time managing in the Premier League – we can barely time without the Frenchman on the sidelines – it’s fair to say that he knows what he’s talking about. Wenger has managed the likes of Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord, Robin van Persie and Nicolas Anelka, among others, so his word that Martinez has what it takes really does carry some weight.
In recent seasons Porto have signed and nurtured the likes of Hulk, Radamel Falcao and Benni McCarthy as orthodox strikers and have also overseen the rise of attacking talents such as James Rodriguez, Fredy Guarin and Joao Moutinho. Not a bad little list there, then! The Portuguese giants are renowned for their scouting system across the globe, and the successes of such players since moves away from the Estadio do Dragao shows the conveyor belt brings results.
At 28, Martinez may not be a long-term addition, but in terms of making an instant impact, he’s at the ideal age. Strikers, typically, peak in their late 20s, which puts the Colombian firmly at the top of his powers, which he has illustrated at Porto. The reported fee needed for the prolific marksman may be a high one, but goals win games, and Arsenal need to keep firing to stay in the money-spinning realm of the Champions League.
Not the bedrock of the most sustainable transfer model, but moving for Martinez will keep rivals from strengthening with his addition. Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs have all been linked with the goal-getter in recent times, and with the Premier League’s new TV deal set to boost everyone’s coffers, the trio can certainly afford raids.