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How Good Is: Chelsea and Arsenal Target Jackson Martinez

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2013 by Araz Heydariyehzadeh

Porto's striker Jackson Martinez has long been pursued by Europe's top clubs and has now emerged as a potential plan B for Jose Mourinho and a target for Arsene Wenger.

Martinez: World Top 100 Attacker
There's a very good reason why so many top European clubs are chasing Martinez and why one of them might be willing to stump up the reported £35m in his release clause. His overall record of a goal contributed for every 108 minutes of game time in his career would normally be good enough to see him ranked as a top 50 attacker but having not yet played at the very top level en Europe means he is yet to prove himself beyond question at the age of 26.

League Record
Martinez has so far spent 4 of his 5 seasons as a professional footballer playing in the Mexican league. Whilst he was prolific there the quality of the league means his record could still be questioned. In his first season as a Porto player least term he went some way to building world wide credibility. In 30 appearances he failed to complete 90 minutes just once and went on to score 26 goals and assist twice. His over all record for Porto last season (in all compeitions) saw him score 30 times in 41 appearances.

Champions League
Martinez has made 8 Champions League appearances, scoring 3 goals. The most notable of which came against PSG in last year's competition. Whilst he can't yet be considered proven pedigree at that level he has certainly made a fantastic start. 3 goals in games 8 is a very good record at Champions League level, especially when playing for one of the competition's less fancied sides.

International
19 appearances for Columbia have brought 5 goals and 2 assists. A goal contributed every 146 minutes is a little short of what you might expect for a genuine world class striker but it's well worth noting that Falcao has managed a goal contributed every 192 minutes whilst playing for the same national team. Martinez is yet to register a goal in his 4 appearances Columbia's world cup qualifying campaign but he did get 3 in 4 games back in 2010 and we may well see more of him next year with the team on the verge of qualification.

Our Rating
Martinez is yet to prove himself fully at the very top level of Champions League an International games but his astonishing record for Porto last season showed he has all the key attributes required, and that he may well have the potential to reach world class standards if he can force himself in to one of Europe's top tier clubs. His current career stats are on par with the likes of Van Persie with the only possible question mark being whether not he can replicate it in one of Europe's top 5 leagues. If he can he would comfortably be considered a top 50 striker.


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