football.london understand that Spurs had an offer of over £ 50million accepted for the Argentina striker, ahead of Chelsea’s pursuit of Martinez’s striking partner Romelu Lukaku, meaning a decision is now more complicated given the Inter Milan’s position not to want to lose two star attackers in a window.
Martinez played a crucial role in Argentina’s Copa America success this summer, scoring three goals in six games at the tournament after an impressive winning season with Inter in which the 23-year-old scored 19 goals. and recorded 11 assists in all competitions.
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Spurs have already signed three signings this summer, with the additions of Sevilla’s Bryan Gil for £ 23million, as well as the duo Atalanta Pierluigi Gollini on a season-long loan deal and Cristian Romero on a contract. an initial one-season loan with an option to buy for £ 42.5million.
Although Romero is only loaned to Spurs for the 2021/22 season, football.london understands that all parties expect the deal to be done next summer, hence the reason why a five-year contract has already been struck between Romero and the North London company.
So what could happen if Martinez signs for Spurs ahead of the 2021/22 season? That’s what happened!
We ‘signed’ Lautaro Martinez for Spurs this summer
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to have Lautaro Martinez join Tottenham Hotspur before the new season.
Martinez was stuck in Spurs’ starting lineup on the right wing, supporting Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane in the top three, Nuno opting for a 4-3-3 lineup. But despite the start to the right, Martinez was often employed as a wide striker or an inside striker by Nuno.
Let’s take a look at how the 23-year-old performed in all competitions and how he performed on Spurs’ virtual pitch.
Martinez made a total of 47 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring 14 goals and registering 10 assists in an impressive first season given he played the majority of games on the right, not his preferred position.
The Argentinian finished the season as the club’s third top scorer, while registering the most assists of any player on Nuno’s side.
To put those stats into context, Martinez recorded more assists than Kane and Son combined in the league, as he scored four fewer than the South Korean and six fewer than Kane, demonstrating he has more. to his game than simple goals.
Martinez’s 7.55 average match rating matched Son’s, with the pair second behind Harry Kane who finished the season with a 7.96 average match rating.
At the end of the 2021/22 season, Football Manager 2021 put together a better Spurs XI overall, based on performance, stats and other metrics.
Full Spurs Best XI: Lloris; Doherty, Romero, Dier, Reguilon; Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Alli; Martinez, Kane, fils.
So how have Spurs performed in all competitions in our simulated season with Martinez on offense?
Spurs’ mock 2021/22 season with Lautaro Martinez
This is what the final 2021/22 ranking looked like after the simulation was completed at the end of May 2022.
Spurs finished in a disappointing sixth place, finishing 10 points behind North London rivals Arsenal in fourth place with Nuno’s side just good enough to qualify for the Europa League.
With Martinez on the side, Spurs scored more league goals (70) than in the 2020/21 season (61), but the loss of defensive leader Toby Alderweireld was noticeable as Spurs conceded 48 goals. in the 2021/22 league. season despite the addition of Romero to their ranks.
In National Cup competitions, Tottenham’s struggles continued as they were eliminated in the Carabao Cup fourth round at Everton, before failing to overtake Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Football Manager 2021 predicts that Martinez would have a significant impact if he signed for Spurs, both scoring goals and providing assists from an unknown position on the right wing, helping Spurs advance in terms of league position from the 2020/21 season and to qualify for the Europa League.
The simulation showed that Martinez can fit into Nuno’s plans and still deliver quality performance and an impressive outing in terms of goal contributions for Spurs, but ultimately there are still issues to be addressed at the club in d ‘other posts this summer.
Would you be happy to see Spurs sign Lautaro Martinez ahead of the new season? And would you team him up with Harry Kane as a striker or play him on the wing? Let us know in the comments!