Why Sunderland should gamble on international forward Roger Martinez

Roger Martinez

Sunderland are in the market for a new forward this summer.

Roger Martinez

Sunderland managed to preserve their Premier League status last season largely thanks to Jermain Defoe’s goals, and now this summer their main priority is to bring in a decent strike partner for the ex-England international.

The Black Cats have the basis of a solid squad, yet one area which is seemingly lacking real quality is in attack as beyond former Portsmouth man Defoe there is not much to choose from.

Defoe, 33, will play a key role for the club again next season but Sunderland must find a decent partner for him in order to remove that evident goal-scoring burden from his shoulders.

Roger Martinez

With loanee Dame N’Doye returning to his parent club and the likes of Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini arguably better suited out wide, the Wearside club need a strong centre-forward.

The Mirror claim West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho is a target, but while that transfer saga rumbles on, Sunderland should also take the gamble and bring in Colombian hotshot Roger Martinez.

The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Europe, and a recent report in Argentine paper Ole claim that French club Lyon have offered £5 million for his services.

Roger Martinez

The Argentine publication goes on to say that parent club Racing want closer to £6.75 million, but either way it is a potential bargain fee for a young, hungry striker who has all the attributes needed to succeed.

Martinez stands at 5ft 11inch and possesses a stocky build, a feature which allows him to harass and bully defenders off the ball while using his power and strength to hold on to it when in possession.

The former Boca Juniors man is a full Colombia international, having previously impressed for his nation’s youth teams where he netted five goals in four games during a South American tournament.

Sunderland are in need of freshening up their forward line in regards to buying a younger player, and in Martinez they could have a focal point that very much fits the profile of a Sam Allardyce team.

Roger Martinez

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