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Tottenham Hotspur Hoping To Land This Aston Villa Keeper: Decent Option For Conte?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to land Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. It has been revealed that Spurs are locked in a three-way battle with Napoli and Atletico Madrid in the race to sign the Argentine custodian.

Martinez’s Recent Form For Aston Villa

The 30-year-old is having a difficult campaign at Villa Park as he has struggled to help the Villans be consistent in terms of picking up results in the Premier League. Martinez has still been a safe pair of hands in between the sticks after he conceded 21 goals and secured seven assists in 20 matches for both his club and country this season in all competitions.

The talented goalkeeper has performed well to average 0.4 clearances and 6.1 long balls per game in the English top flight. However, he needs to work on improving his ball distribution after completing 68.7% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Martinez is under contract at the West Midlands club until the summer of 2027. Hence, it would take a big fee for Spurs to convince Aston Villa to sanction a transfer for their prized asset next year.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Is Emiliano Martinez A Decent Option For Tottenham Hotspur?

Martinez is a solid handler of the ball and has got excellent reflexes that help him make a few important saves at the back. He is usually a commanding presence in the air as well and doesn’t mind coming out of his six-yard box to collect crosses and loose balls.

However, the Argentina international has to figure out a way to improve his passing accuracy if he wants to taste success at the highest level.

Martinez is well-equipped to serve as an ideal replacement for Hugo Lloris who has entered the final stage of his career at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We can expect the Argentina talent to bring more quality to Antonio Conte‘s first XI and help Spurs challenge for some top honours in the coming seasons.

At 30, Martinez has still got a lot of football left in his locker to play at his best. Hence, he will be a good option for the North London club to consider this January or at the end of this campaign. All in all, Conte should think about orchestrating a move to bring the Argentina custodian to the English capital as long as he is planning to use him as his first-choice keeper.

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