Lisandro Martinez: United's best option?



Lisandro Martinez is very versatile and can play centre back, left back and defensive midfield. The 24-year-old is not a very intimidating defender due to his height of 5 feet 10 inches, but his great awareness and reading of the game guarantees that he is not the easiest player to handle. Also skilled at playing the ball is the Argentine. Because of his exceptional short and long passing, which allows him to advance the ball, Erik Ten Hag made sure he always picked him.


He is rarely startled because of his strong vision. Additionally, he avoids unnecessary tackles by staying on his feet and neutralising the threat instead. Martinez is a player that carries out his duties calmly. He waits to intercept the passing channels to end the threat rather than rushing in for a tackle.


His three most recent seasons of above 88% passing accuracy demonstrate his strong grasp of the ball. As seen by his three assists, third-best for a center-back in the league, he can also generate opportunities for his teammates.



One thing is made evident by Lisandro Martinez's overall game, in terms of successful passes, progressive passes, assists, critical passes, and passes into the final third, Fbref has put him in the top 1% of defenders. This further emphasises why he is one of the best ball playing centre backs around.


The Argentine has a commanding presence in the middle of the field but uses small flashes of creativity and flair in confined areas to hold onto the ball and make room for teammates to receive passes.


Lisandro Martinez is versatile and can slot anywhere you want him to but his best season which is this season has come as a centre back, but he has all the qualities to be the defensive midfielder, Manchester United haven’t had in many years. He would partner De Jong perfectly if he was to arrive, alternatively he could partner either Varane or Maguire just as well, being a left footed centre back which Manchester United do not have at this moment of time.




Comparing Martinez to Timber


In the Eredivisie, Martinez averaged 5.4 long balls per game as opposed to Timber's 1.7, demonstrating that his defensive stats are superior to those of his Dutch teammate. Martinez also wins more aerial duels than Timber does per game (3.3 vs. 1.5). This year, he added a single goal and four assists.


Where Martinez slots in three positions and probably settles in straight away, Timber might need time to settle down. Martinez also won Ajax player of the year with most interceptions per game (1.9) most clearances per game (2.8) most blocks per game (0.5).


Conclusion


Lisandro Martinez would be a excellent addition to the Manchester United team and make them better, they’d also be provided with a lot of different aspects of his game that can be utilised through a man who knows him very well, Erik Ten Hag. Will he make the move this summer? It is surely one to keep an eye on.



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