The recent transfer news from Athletic Club Bilbao has Javi Martinez leaving the club for Bayern Munich. The idea on paper is a great one with the Basque club receiving $49.3 million for the transaction.
In return, the Bundesliga club will receive a midfielder who is a leader in the center of the playing field, according to ESPN Soccernet. Martinez would be joining greats such as Sergio Aguero, who left La Liga for associations like The Premier League or Bundesliga.
In practice, the idea is a bad one from the beginning. There are many reasons why, but there are four important ones that should be considered.
La Liga Remains a Duopoly
The word duopoly, as defined by dictionary-reference.com, is "the market condition that exists when there are only two sellers." A sports example of a duopoly would be FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.
While there are other clubs in La Liga, the predominant and powerful ones are FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Thomas Hallett, who is a fellow B/R writer, argues that the transfer of players such as Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente would reinforce the status quo in La Liga.
While begging to differ in the case of Fernando Llorente, Mr. Hallett is right about how La Liga teams outside of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are weakened by moves to other leagues.
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are accustomed to such transfers because of the amount of money that they can spend. Athletic Club Bilbao and other La Liga clubs are not used to such transfers, taking into account that they are small clubs with limited budgets.
Excessively High Expectations
Ottmar Hitzfeld, who was coach of Bayern Munich, warned the club about signing Martinez. Hitzfeld said in an interview with DAPD (with h/t to Goal) that Martinez will have excessively high expectations upon arriving at the Bundesliga.
The pressure would be extremely high and only second to the amount of money that Bayern Munich is paying Athletic Club Bilbao. Mr. Hitzfeld is right because the amount of pressure (as well as scrutiny) could affect a player who is unable to withstand it.
The majority of the fans of Bayern Munich are very demanding of their team. At the same time, there exists a minority in Bayern Munich (as well as other clubs) that demands more from the players but is never satisfied. An example for this comment is needed.
The example is when Arjen Robben was booed by Bayern Munich supporters during a friendly match between the Netherlands and the Bundesliga club. He were booed because Bayern Munich had lost to Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League.
Bayern Munich later apologized to Robben for what transpired against him. The question is: Could Javi Martinez handle the pressure? It has yet to be answered.
Nonrecognition also personally hurts the underwriter. The declaration by Franz Beckenbauer of Bayern Munich to Sport 1 with a h/t to Goal of not having heard of Martinez is condescending.
Beckenbauer later stated that he is sure that Martinez will perform well in the Bundesliga club. If this is the beginning, I would not like to see the ending.
At the present time, the future of Hernandez is in doubt after Robin Van Persie signed with Old Trafford. The same thing may happen to Martinez in Bayern Munich.
It is easy to say that all of this is because of money. The difference is that there are also feelings that take into account the personality of the player and the club size.
While it remains to be seen what will transpire, it is hoped that Martinez knows what he is getting into. It is also hoped that whatever decision he makes will be to his benefit.
My best wishes to the B/R readers until next time.
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