Crazy Ball – Dutch national team legend and former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has revealed what special plans Erik ten Hag had that made the manager so eager to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax Amsterdam.
The 52-year-old tactician has signed Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord in a transfer deal worth IDR 234 billion which makes the left-back the new boss’s signing. Red Devil at Old Trafford.
But it is believed to be just the start in a busy transfer business for Manchester United, who are hoping to bounce back from a disastrous season under Ralf Rangnick with Erik ten Hag expected to bring a resurgence for the club next season.
Among the transfer targets that are expected to arrive at The Theater of Dreams, Ajax Amsterdam versatile defender Lisandro Martinez is one of them with The Red Devils are in serious competition with Arsenal for the Argentina international, according to current transfer news.
The 24-year-old defender’s ability to play the ball from behind is seen as a key trait for a new era at Manchester United and Jaap Stam believes Erik ten Hag will want to capitalize on his former Ajax player’s abilities.
He told Daily Express, “You could see that Ten Hag’s approach was clear to dominate the game and to control half of the opponent’s territory. When you play with a lot of space at the back, you need players who are fast enough and aren’t afraid to cover. Tyrell Malacia has that and Martinez certainly has it.”
“The fact that Ten Hag wants to reunite with Martinez, the Copa America winner, has to do with the quality of his football. Martinez is very skilled and creative in his passing. The more players he has like that, the more his team can have the ball, the less counter-attacks they will face.”