Martin Montoya, described as Barcelona’s answer to the next Dani Alves and in many ways developed under his shadow at Barcelona after progressing through the youth system ranks, is still waiting to seize his opportunity to show the world what he can really do.
At 22 years old, he has 22 Barcelona caps under his belt, 12 of whom played this season, including a full 90 minute appearance in the 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa Del Rey where he impressed, replacing a then injured Alves. He’s also played for Spain at Under 23 level 5 times.
When given a chance, the full-back has got the job done but one thing is certain, for someone of his prospect, 12 games in a full season is just not enough, especially if you want to book yourself in the Spain squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Not only does the Spaniard have Alves to replace at Barcelona, he also has to fight for that place with the more experienced 28 year-old Adriano Correia, who Barca tend to opt for and I really don’t blame Tita Vilanova for going with the safer option, I mean a more experienced ambidextrous full-back with almost 300 senior career appearances to his name or a young, less experienced full-back with less than a hundred? I know who i’d choose.
As for Liverpool though, it’s a different story and Brendan Rodgers wants youth for a long term project. This season has proved that for the short term it’s not great and success really doesn’t happen over night. Development is the key though and one day it could turn out to be very worthwhile.
Along with Inter Milan, Liverpool have been rumoured to have shown interest in signing Montoya and if it happens, it all makes sense. This season the Reds have scored goals, created plenty of opportunities and dominated possession, but they have conceded too often. It is clear that defence is the main area that needs improvement.
Montoya just like Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge before they joined the club, is aching for a chance at regular first team football. He shares similar qualities with Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson in his game, bringing attacking benefits as well as defence so there is no question that with this style and mentality he could fit into the Liverpool team.
It’s not often you get many players with his kind of capability who are free, so I feel Rodgers should sign him up and quick!
Do you think he’d make a good signing? Let me know what you think!