Mad 4 It wrote:
Are you saying Martinez would not get in our starting 11 next to Yaya due to the presence of Milner, Barry, Hargreaves, Pizzaro and DeJong or have I misunderstood your comments. If you are then I would have to disagree for a number of reasons:
1. If we aquired Martinez, Hargreaves and Pizzaro would be released
2. DeJong looks as though he will be sold and in any case Martinez is better defensively and far more creative.
3. Martinez is a better box to box midfielder than Milner.
4. Martinez is a more creative midfielder than Barry and is significantly younger and getting better year on year.
Martinez should be our number 1 target simply because of the above with the added bonus of being able to play CB better than what we have with the exception of Kompany.
This aquisition is a complete no brainer and I fail to see why anyone would argue against it.
No, No, No, No! I was talking about Martinez's international carreer. At City, he'd displace anyone we have in midfield. But for Spain there just seems to be a gluttony of midfielders, and many more coming up.
You have Alonzo, Busquet, Fabregas, Xavi, Alacantara
, Bruno, Valero, Gabi and Martinez all vying for a spot. Now Silva, Mata, Carzola, Iniesta,
Navas, and Pedro also add a gluttony of talent to the wide positions, so the 5 midfield spots and 5 backup spots will be fought over between about 16 players.
The bolded are almost guaranteed a spot. That is 8 players definitely in. Leaving 2 spots for 9 players.
And this doesn't even consider up and comers with good seasons this year like Benat, Raul Garcia and Verdu or yougsters like Susuaeta, De Marcos, Anders, Muniain and Isco Alarcon.
Now compare that to the Central defense. Where there is
Pique, Ramos if he moves to CD permanently, Puyol (who is aging) and then crickets. Martinez is already better than Albiol, Arbeloa, Montoya, and Marcheda. Probably better than Puyol by the summer Euros. His only real competition is Ramos. And that is if Ramos is moved to CD. Which is unlikely, coz the RB position is weak without Ramos.
So pretty much, Martinez should be a spanish starting CD by summer of 2013 at the latest if he stays at CD permanently.
P.s: I think Martinez is a fine player and would be excited about his coming here. Just saying I'd prefer him as a CD, because I think that is his best position, and the best position to pursue for his career Internationally.