Pacy Portuguese winger Gelson Martins has been linked with Bayern Munich recently. We analyse why he may suit the team’s needs.
As early as December of last year some reports from Portugal stated that Bayern scouts were monitoring Gelson Martins.
At this point in the season the need for winger reinforcements have never been so dire. Kingsley Coman is out for an extended period and there is uncertainty over the fitness of veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry. There have even been times when back up left-back Juan Bernat has had to play as a left winger. Bernat’s performances in the role were bad. He missed numerous chances to score and did not provide the width that the role would require.
Bayern Munich will be looking to grab just one additional winger this summer. We should not forget that Serge Gnabry is on loan at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and has been their star this season. Coman has proven to be a very good replacement for Ribéry. Up until his injury, he was in many aspects outperforming the veteran. Bayern is looking for a third option for the position. They have been linked to several names but one that continues to pop up is Gelson Martins from Sporting Lisbon.
Gelson Dany Batalha Martins was born on the island of Praia Cape Verde. He then moved to Portugal as a teenager and played for the Benfica and Sporting Lisbon youth academy. He then went on to sign a professional contract with Sporting Lisbon. Sporting saw his potential and placed a €45 million release clause on the player. He made 129 appearances with Sporting scoring 26 goals with 28 assists.
Style of play
Martins is a lightning fast right winger. His speed is his greatest strength.
He has some of the best footwork many have seen since Cristiano Ronaldo. His dribbling is pure excitement as he likes to advertise his pace on fullbacks. He wins 2.4 dribbles per game and also sets up 1.5 chances per game which shows his creative side. He also averages about 1.5 shots per game. In his most recent season he has scored 9 goals and had 7 assists, which is an overall improvement from his 6 goals 9 assists last year.
He likes to play quite wide, and does well to maintain possession. He can play on both wings but favours the right.
How would he fit in at Bayern ?
Martins would make a great replacement for Arjen Robben with his skill set. The only thing he would need to improve on is his crossing – he averages about 1 every 2 games. This will not be a major setback however, since Robben when playing in that position did not cross that much. It would be something he would have to improve on though.
His pace will certainly be a major asset for Bayern’s future. His creative ability will also help the team since in many matches Bayern have looked a side devoid of creativity once James Rodriguez is not on the pitch.
If Robben and Ribéry were to move on this summer, it would also create a very favourable prospect for him because he would have game time to integrate with the team which could help stop another Portuguese mistake like Renato Sanches.