A remarkable campaign from Lautaro Martinez has his name linked with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City. From the streets of Argentina to the bright lights of the Champions League, we tell you exactly what Martinez has to offer…
Lautaro Javier Martínez arrived from Racing Club having struck 13 goals from 21 games in the Primera División as well as 5 in 6 in the Copa Libertadores. Although not galactic figures, just witnessing his majestic touches and tricks had the footballing world weak at the knees. After struggling with severe homesicknesses when he arrived at Racing, he finally settled in and made the most of his boundless talent.
The came Inter Milan. What once again began as a slow start now has the Argentine as one of the best strikers in Europe. His partnership with Romelu Lukaku, alongside outstanding individual performances, has his name linked to Barcelona and now Manchester United.
Lautaro Martinez – Style of Play
Running at defenders? Goal. Running in behind? Goal. Even receiving the ball to his feet he is marvellous. His divine control of the ball and his twinkling toes have opposition defenders in his dust before they’ve even raised an eyebrow. At 5ft 9in, his bull terrier build makes him a nightmare to shrug off the ball. Is he the perfect striker?
The 22-year-old has eleven goals in eighteen Serie A starts, as well as five goals during Inter’s six Champions League group stage games. More than prolific. What is astonishing is the how rarely he loses the ball. He is disposesses an average of 0.9 times per game this season. This is, quite frankly, ridiculous, especially when you consider Antonio Conte’s style of play and Martinez’s build.
Barcelona’s director, Eric Abidal, is reportedly a big fan of Martinez and hopes to conjure a deal for when the transfer window reopens in the summer (SempreInter). This would be a monumental replacement for Luis Suarez, and would signal that Barcelona are still in the business of dominating European football, both on and off the pitch.
Whether Lautaro Martinez decides to stay at Inter Milan is one question; but if Barcelona or Manchester City have the pleasure of acquiring his signature, it would be an absolute coup…
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