Jackson Martinez: Portugese Expert On The Striker To Finally Win Chelsea Another Title
With Chelsea, Arsenal and a host of other European clubs fighting over Porto's beast centre-forward, we thought we'd ask Portuguese football expert Daniel Feliciano to tell us where Martinez would suit best.
After Radamel Falcao's departure from Porto to Atletico Madrid, Porto attempted to go the season without signing a new striker. They deployed Hulk up front with Silvestre Varela and James Rodriguez flanking him. They won the league (again) going undefeated through the season, but failed miserably at the Champions League going out at the group stages.
Porto decided they needed reinforcements and decided to invest their money in another Colombian striker. He played in an unfamiliar league and they signed him for a rather large sum if you looked at his reputation. Sound familiar? They found Jackson Martinez. By finding Jackson Martinez, they introduced Europe to another goal machine.
Martinez's style is very European. He's big and strong but incredibly light on his feet which has earned him the nickname "Cha Cha Cha". Jackson scored 34 goals in his debut season and showed the world he had everything it takes to succeed in the big leagues.
His power on the ball, his movement off it combined with his incredible ability to finish with both feet and his head make him a threat against any team in the world. He also has a tendency to excel in the big games, a massive plus point for Porto. In 7 games against the other top 3 sides in Portugal (Sporting, Benfica and Braga) Martinez has 5 goals in his season and a half in Liga Sagres. He also goals against Paris Saint Germain and Atletico Madrid to his name during his Porto career.
A creative striker too, his goals against Sporting Lisbon and Braga in his first season show just how innovative and lethal he is.
Although Arsenal would do well to seal his signature, I think a move to the blue side of London would suit him more. His movement, strength and finishing ability all make him a top striker for any side, however his lack of passing ability could see him struggle more at Arsenal. His technical play is good, but it's only at an adequate level. He has good control and excellent technique when it comes to scoring a goal but his decision making and passing outside of the box often see attacks break down. At Chelsea he wouldn't be needed in the build up so much and would thrive on the service from Hazard, Oscar, Mata and co.
€35mil is the fee being touted around and the Colombian is without doubt worth every penny. Jose would do very well to see him in a blue shirt, especially in January, where he would take the Premier League by storm and take Chelsea to the next level.
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