On 4th July 2022, FC Barcelona signed Christensen on a free transfer, who went on to be one of the best signings of the season and played vital role in FC Barcelona’s successful 2022/23 campaign but what if we told you, a year later Barcelona might have just pulled off a Christensen-esque signing once again? Today, the club announced the arrival of newest signing, Inigo Martinez on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao.
Therefore, today we take a dive and get to know ‘The Lion of San Mames’ Inigo Martinez.
The History of Inigo Martinez
Born in the Basque Region of Biscay, burst on to the scene on 27th August 2011, as he made his debut for Real Sociedad in an away game against Sporting de Gijon at young age on 20 years old and thereafter continues to rise to great heights with his solid performances for La Real and even guiding his team to a grand return UEFA Champions League for the first time in 10 years. On January 30th 2018, Athletic Bilbao impressed by his performance decided to pay his release clause of 32 million euros and soon he became a core part of the team with his consistent and impressive displays at the heart of the Bilbao defense.
Style of Play
Stylistically, Inigo Martinez could be one of the best fits for FC Barcelona. The 32-year-old, mostly plays as left sided centre back in back 2. But he can also play as a LCB in back 3. He is comfortable with the ball at his feet and has the ability to carry the ball out of defense. He can also play intelligent pass from centre defense to either keep possession or to progress the ball up the pitch.
Defensively, Inigo, is an extremely intelligent and with a lot of experience. He is capable of holding his own against any opposition. Furthermore, he knows how to be quite aggressive and fearless. Inigo is not afraid to jump into tackles or break opposition attacks mid transition with his witty interceptions. Coming in at whooping height of 6’0 feet, Inigo doesn’t shy away from using his tall muscular stature to intimidate and pressurise opposition forwards. Not only that but he also has an amazing aerial prowess which not only helps him clear aerial balls but also score from set pieces.
He is also well known for his leadership qualities and his ability to read games and all these features has led him to be likened to Barcelona Legend, Carles Puyol.
Fearless, Intelligent, Experienced and a natural leader and that too for a grand sum of 0 euros? This could be one of the biggest bargains of this transfer window and could be key to Barcelona’s search for European as well as domestic success this season.
So, a Final Verdict from our end? this transfer stylistically and from a sporting perspective is top notch acquisition from FC Barcelona. This transfer has little to no negatives or risks for the player or the club and considering that, a move to a such a historical club as Barcelona can be considered as one of the greatest moments in one’s career thus making it the perfect transfer for all parties involved.