With Luis Suarez‘s recent injury and inconsistent form Barcelona have found the perfect replacement to fill the Uruguayan’s shoes.
The Uruguayan El Pistolero was once the most formidable striker in the world. His hunger, persistent energy and spirit made Luis Suarez a defender’s nightmare whilst playing for Barcelona. He had the skill and the ability to run and jostle past players with ease. The Uruguayan striker could find the back of the net from anywhere on the pitch.
Luis Suarez was simply unstoppable. He was the most supreme strikers in world football and despite his occasional antics of utter mindlessness, every team in the world would have loved to have Suarez playing for them.
Yet there comes a time in every players’ career, when they become to teeter on the edge of their former greatness. Their form starts to vain and signs appear of their impotence on the football pitch.
Luis Suarez appears on the brink of such a moment in his career. Suarez turns 33 in January of 2020 and his form has dwindled over the past couple of years. Suarez netted only 25 times in 49 appearances for Barcelona last season. While those numbers are still thoroughly impressive it is far from the numbers from Suarez’s peak years. In his prime El Pistolero was scoring 40 goals in 35 La Liga appearances.
Those days are over for Luis Suarez and whilst he is still an exceptional goalscorer, his overall play has declined. Suarez is no longer as mobile or dynamic and he was vastly exposed upon his return to Anfield in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last season in the Champions League semi-final.
It is why Barcelona must now look to find a more exuberant and younger man who can come in and replace Luis Suarez long-term.
The Inter Milan forward who struggled after making the move from his hometown club in Racing Santander to the Italian outfit last summer, has begun life under Antonio Conte in good form. Martinez has so far netted 7 goals in 14 appearances for Inter including a goal at the Nou Camp against Barcelona in the Champions League group stages this season.
Martinez possess the same flair and dynamism which Suarez once had in his prime. Hailing from Argentina he has the same South American hunger and spirit too and his quick pace and agility would certainly have no problems with fitting in to Barcelona’s style of play.
At just 22 years of age, Martinez is still young and would have plenty of time to settle and play second fiddle to Suarez until he is primed and ready to make the first team role his own.
What do you think would Martinez be a good fit for Barcelona? Is he the striker the Catalans need?