mancrh:Didn't watch him play apart from our two games, aye mate? He's far from being a 'defender playing as a midfielder'. He's a mobile version of Alonso, in the sense that he's reading the game and intercepting rather than tackling 10 times a game, his ability to bring the ball forward is brilliant, same with his short and long distance passing skills. The only reason he's playing as a center back is because they wanted someone who's solid enough in defending but one that can also bring the ball forward from the back line. Very rare talent, and not your everyday defensive midfielder like M'Vila. That said, as much as he'd be my perfect signing, can't see it happening.
DBYGFX:He'd be stupid to go to City, and I distinctly remember Anderson playing CDM, and Hargreaves?
However from watching Martinez surely you can see he is sort of like Carrick, but with the addition of bits of better passing and also he is a player not affraid to tackle. Someone we have lacked for a while really and with the uncertain future of Fletch I can see us going for someone like Martinez.
In terms of Witsel we have no chance I dont think, If we wanted him we would have brought him last summer while he was on the cheap and before he moved.. He hasnt even completed his first season with his latest club and to see him move would be very slim and well the price would be a hell of a lot higher then it was in the past summer. It doesnt seem logical.
Teams that play the modern way, usually that play a 433 formation, rely on a defensive midfielder to allow the other 2 midfielders to attack alot more. Usually this defensive midfielder is a ball winner and doesnt get forward alot. Martinez and Busquets are good examples and to be honest, theyre more like centre backs that play in midfield.
Alot of people want us to develop a more modern style (myself included) and have a midfielder like this but its not gonna happen. If we buy a midfielder at all, he will more than likely be like the midfielders we have - not defensive and not too attacking but somewhere in the middle. Let City have Martinez. We will go for Witzel
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