Lisandro Martinez’s arrival at Manchester United has been welcomed by the supporters, with the 24-year-old receiving a grand welcome on social media after his move was confirmed on Wednesday.
An agreement between United and Ajax was announced earlier this month but after resolving an issue with Martinez’s work permit, formal confirmation of the deal came on Wednesday.
Since it became clear that Martinez would be following Ten Hag to Old Trafford, some supporters have speculated that the Argentina international is too short to play centre-back, his preferred position.
Martinez stands at 5″9 (175cm), which is traditionally short for a centre-back but according to data collected by Opta, Squawka have shown that Martinez’s aerial success rate is up there with some of the tallest Premier League players in his position.
The defender has also commented on the issue in the farewell video posted by Ajax on Wednesday, as seen below.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) July 27, 2022
“Some people doubt me because of my length. But that was something which gave me even more motivation,” Martinez is heard narrating on the official Ajax Twitter page.
“To say: ‘I’m fine, then you don’t believe in me’ but I know that I’m capable to do it and that was enough for me.”
Martinez’s height hasn’t been an obstacle thus far and there’s no reason to assume that it will in the future. He faced Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez in the Champions League last year, two of the most physical forwards around, and came out of the duels on top.