As Manchester United shut in on the signing of Lisandro Martinez, stats on the participant and different United defenders counsel he ought to “stroll into the crew”.
Martinez, who’s poised to signal for The Purple Devils for round €54m (£46m), boasted some spectacular shows for each membership and nation final season.
And as revealed in The Solar, his stats greater than rival these of United’s present crop of central defenders.
United secured a formidable 4-0 win over Liverpool of their opening pre season tour match on Tuesday in Bangkok, Thailand.
With new supervisor Erik ten Hag’s footballing philosophy already clear to see, there have been a lot of positives to take from the consequence.
However regardless of a clear sheet, final season’s woeful defensive file will nonetheless be of concern to the Dutchman and United followers alike.
And with the approaching acquisition of his former Ajax centre again, Ten Hag will certainly be totally conscious of the attributes the Argentinian will convey.
When in comparison with the Purple Devils’ different choices in his place, Martinez stands head and shoulders above them in virtually each side.
That regardless of being simply 5’9” tall, shorter than all of Maguire, Lindelof, Varane and Bailly, in addition to most central defenders within the Premier League.
“Final season, Martinez accomplished a formidable 87.7 passes per 90 minutes – miles forward of United’s present top-four choices.
Maguire is second-best in passes per match at 61.3, with Bailly the bottom on 51.4.
Martinez additionally leads the best way in tackles per match at 1.9, forward of Varane (1.4), Maguire (1), Bailly (0.8) and Lindelof (0.7).
Solely Maguire (3.4 per 90) gained extra aerial duels than Martinez (3) final season – with the Argentine creating a popularity for being dominant within the air due to his large leap and aggressive mindset”.
Possession stats present an identical optimistic signal, with the 24 yr previous Argentine miles forward of all 4 United gamers.
“The Ajax man regained the ball 9.1 instances per 90 minutes, forward of Bailly (6.6), Maguire, Lindelof (each 5.6) and Varane (3.8)”.
Martinez might effectively be the ball-playing central defensive rock that United have been crying out for, and with talks mentioned to be at a sophisticated stage, the membership will probably be seeking to embody him as quickly as potential because the squad transfer onto Australia for an extra three matches.