Jackson Martinez is just one of the many strikers to have been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea this season. And that is no surprise given his goal-scoring record.
The Colombian front-man has 21 goals for FC Porto this season, to go with the 31 he netted in the previous campaign.
Given that kind of form, it is clear why the 27-year-old has a reported €40million release-clause in his contract.
We brought you a story earlier today about Jackson’s recent omission from the Porto team, after he went through a goal-scoring drought that for a player of his quality is akin to a disaster.
That the player’s goals have dried up just as Porto’s league form has taken a turn for the worse is surely no coincidence, the former playing a significant role in the latter. And the reigning Primeira Liga champions now find themselves nine points behind leaders Benfica, and four behind second-placed Sporting Lisbon.
But Jackson has revealed that the blame should not be laid solely at the door of his manager Paulo Fonseca.
In quotes published by Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the striker replied to the question of whether his coach should remain at the club by saying the following:
“I sure hope (so) and I think that he will continue at FC Porto. I’m not the president to make these decisions, but if he was hired, it is because they understand he is competent and has the capacity to manage the club, despite the situation the team is in.”
Jackson also spoke about the Porto fans, while reminding everyone that it was the players’ responsibility to perform on the pitch.
“We must understand the importance of them (the fans), but the thing is not only the responsibility of the coach.”
That is very true, and Jackson will be hoping to return to his goal-scoring ways as soon as possible. At his best, he has the ability to fire Porto back up the league. But nine points? At this stage of the season, that may be too much even for the once-free-scoring Colombian to overturn.
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