Lisandro Martinez's comments about his start to life at Ajax are worth paying attention to
New Manchester United signing Lisandro Martinez has not had an easy start to life at the club, two games into the season.
Pundits were queuing up to write Martinez off before he played a minute, and after two games, they have some ammunition to fire at him.
The Argentine has been on the wrong end of two defeats, with Erik ten Hag throwing him straight into the deep end, and doing him no favours in the short-term.
In the long-term, Martinez may benefit from his baptism of fire. He has admitted going through a tough time before.
Tricky start to life at Ajax
Martinez cost United an initial £46 million fee for Martintez, which will rise with add-ons. He shouldn’t be written off this early, having experienced a tricky start to life at Ajax previously, after joining from Argentine side Defense y Justicia.
Speaking to Argentine outlet Ole.com last year, Martinez made an admission which should give United fans reason to be optimistic.
Martinez said: “At first it was hard for me. I felt uncomfortable, I didn’t have a good time.
“Over time, with the work and support of the coach and my teammates, I began to get the hang of it.”
After a tricky start, Martinez went on to become a huge success at Ajax, being voted their player of the season in 2021/22 and playing a key role in Eredivisie title victories.
This does not mean he will automatically be a success in England, but it offers encouragement that he will be able to adapt his game to the pace and physicality of the Premier League.
One option short-term is to play Martinez in midfield, as he did at Ajax early on, while he acclimatises to the demands of the league.
He then switched to playing almost exclusively as a centre-back, where United intend him to play long-term.
The new boy is going to take time to adapt, and United fans need to be patient. The early lessons he has learned, will hopefully pay off.