I agree with @The_Playmaker with his assessment that reliable cover for Partey and Tierney are bigger priorities than an 8 but put that to one side.I appreciate i might be being harsh on him, but i also think people are getting carried away thinking he's ready now. He was in and out of the Porto team all season, didn't start a CL game, not capped by Portugal. I think its very likely we'll mostly see him the the EL group stages, so 30m isn't a smart use of resources imo. Its a fine signing if you are City or Liverpool and have your starting 11 sorted, we are still building, or at least, we are meant to be.
A nice balance in what sense? Because neither of them have a history of playing the LCM or '8' position most want an improvement on.
They are really playing dumb because we all want a new toy. Transfer window all logic go out of the window and people just want new player. He looks so small it’s laughable.I don't care much about height discussions but that picture is just too much, looks like Messi towers over him ffs.
I think this is a very good point. Last season it seemed like Arteta was always just replacing a tired player with a backup. I never felt like someone coming off the bench was going to make an impact-get us an improbable late equalizer or find a game winner against the run of play. A player with Martinez’s versatility should be very helpful in making our side look different at critical moments in matches.We're buying Martinez because he's a good player that opens up different ways of setting up the team. He also provide essential cover if needed, and competition/alternate for Gabriel.
You are guys are underestimating the effect that 5 subs will have on tactics during a match. If you want to compete with the big boys, use those 5 subs to do something besides simply replacing players having a bad day, or spelling tired players.