Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez, with the Argentina international reportedly available for a reduced fee this summer.
According to Italian publication Corriere della Sera, Inter have lowered their asking price to between £50m and £55m if the forward was to leave Italy this season. Martinez has proven himself as one of Serie A’s most prolific goalscorers, with the 24-year-old having his best season at Inter last year under current Spurs boss, Antonio Conte.
Tottenham have recruited from Italy a lot in recent windows, with summer arrivals Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini arriving from Atalanta, and Juventus duo Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski both signing in January. Spurs have also been linked with Paulo Dybala for the upcoming season as his contract with Juventus expires, but Inter reportedly lead the chase for Dybala, paving the way for Martinez to depart the club this season.
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So, if Martinez was to make the move to Spurs in the summer, what sort of impact could he have under his former boss, Conte? Could the Argentine attacker help Spurs win silverware next season? We simulated the 2022/23 season with Martinez in the Spurs squad and this is what happened.
We ‘signed’ Lautaro Martinez for Tottenham in July 2022
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2022 editor to arrange for Martinez to join Spurs at the start of the 2022/23 season, using FM22 to run the simulation. This is what the 24-year-olds in-game profile looks like on FM22.
Described by FM22 as an elite striker, Martinez boasts some incredible stats in-game, determination (19), agility (18), aggression (18) and bravery (18) his best attributes. Let’s take a look at how Martinez performed throughout the 2022/23 season after signing for Spurs in July 2022.
Despite competing with Kane and Son for the striker roles at the club, Martinez was trusted by Conte to be a regular starter, with the Argentine making 46 appearances for Spurs. In those 46 games, he managed 23 goals and two assists across three different competitions.
Martinez was most prolific for Spurs in the Premier League, where the Argentine scored 20 goals in 37 appearances, ending the campaign as the Premier League’s top goalscorer. His best average rating came in the UEFA Europa League, where he managed a rating of 7.58 per game.
Overall, Martinez averaged a rating of 7.18 per game in all competitions, grabbing the MOTM award two times. Only Heung-Min Son and fellow summer signing from Inter, Samir Handanovic, made more appearances than the 24-year-old.
At the end of the 2022/23 season, Football Manager 2022 put together an overall best Spurs XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics. This is what Tottenham’s best XI looked like at the end of the 2022/23 season as predicted by Football Manager 2022.
Full Spurs best XI (5-2-1-2): Handanovic; Royal, Romero, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon; Bentancur, Hojbjerg; Son; Kane, Martinez.
New signings Martinez and Handanovic made the Spurs best XI for the 2022/23 season, with Son converting to an attacking midfielder to accommodate Martinez. Dejan Kulusevski was signed on a permanent deal, but he didn’t make the best XI, despite grabbing 15 goals.
So, how did Spurs perform in the league and cup competitions after signing Martinez at the start of the 2022/23 season?
Tottenham’s results from the 2022/23 simulation
Spurs had a very impressive Premier League campaign in the simulation, finishing fourth in the table. Conte’s side lost just seven games all season with two of those losses coming in the final five games. It was a very close campaign in the Premier League, with Spurs finishing just one point ahead of Man City in fifth, and just seven behind Liverpool in first. So, how did Spurs manage in the cups after securing UEFA Champions League football for the following season?
Spurs managed to win one trophy in the simulated season, with Martinez scoring the third and final goal in the FA Cup final after Son and Kane put Conte’s side in the driving seat against Brentford. Their worst cup run was in the Carabao Cup, losing on penalties to Aston Villa in the third round with a heavily rotated squad.
After qualifying for the Champions League, Spurs made it to the round of 16 stage but were knocked out against Martinez’s former side Inter 3-2 on aggregate. Their only success came in the FA Cup, with Spurs beating Brentford 3-0 thanks to Kane, Son and Martinez all scoring to lift the trophy.
Overall, this Football Manager simulation predicts that if Spurs were to sign Martinez ahead of the 2022/23 season, the striker could become one of Spurs’ biggest goal threats, potentially flourishing alongside Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son. The striker’s big-game performances saw the 24-year-old score in the FA Cup final whilst helping Conte’s side to a top-four finish.
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Source by Football London