Lautaro Martinez has been on fire for Inter Milan this season. Yesterday, he showed yet again why he’s not short of suitors in Europe. A brace from the striker fired the Nerazzurri to a 2-1 win against SPAL. Now with his deadly partnership with Romelu Lukaku, can the duo fire Conte’s men to the Serie A table. If anyone can break the Juventus monopoly, it’s this team.
The Express reported previously that both Manchester United and Barcelona were interested in the Argentine. Martinez has been in Italy for over a year now and has found his feet in the top flight. We did an article on him a while ago when he was starting to showcase his talent. Since then, he’s only got better.
His partnership with Lukaku has flourished for Antonio Conte’s side. Between them, they have 24 goals in all competitions. They compliment each other brilliantly. Both strong, quick and great finishers. It’s no fluke that Inter lead Serie A, 1 point ahead of Juventus. These two have the fire power to win games in their own.
Martinez has 12 goals in his last 12 games in all competitions. It’s no surprise Europe’s elite are interested. With a €96 million release clause though, Inter are under no pressure to sell. United need reinforcements but I highly doubt they’ll spend that sort of money, especially in January
Barcelona however, are looking to invest in the long term. Luis Suarez, although still performing well, is not the striker he once was. Lautaro would be the long term successor to the Uruguayan, a move and signing that makes far more sense.
Here’s why the Catalan club or Manchester United might spend big money on the former Racing forward:
Lautaro Martinez – Style of Play
The 5ft 9 South American has incredible technical ability. The way he dribbles past defenders with such ease and elegance makes him so exciting to watch. Twinkle toes, we described him in our old article. Couldn’t be more true. Though 1.2 dribbles per game this season isn’t outrageous, the dribbles he does go on are worthwhile.
Following on from his dribbling, Martinez is very skillful and good on the ball. The way he can cut inside or out and beat his man really gets the Inter crowd on their feet. As you saw in the video, he can even do the spectacular. Just look at that scissor kick, flawless.
But what distinguishes the striker from most is physical stature. At 5ft 9, you would expect him to be fast, skillful and a decent finisher. But he’s all of that and more. The physical strength the Argentinian international possesses takes defenders by surprise, just ask Pique. He’s also surprisingly good in the air, beating tall powerful defenders in the air with bullet headers into the back of net on numerous occasions in the video.
Lautaro Martinez has all the attributes to become the complete striker. Good with both feet, able to poach in the box or shoot from distance. Pace, power, athleticism and flair, he’s a joy to watch on the pitch. Let’s hope he can use his talent and take his game to the next level.
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