- Jan 13, 2019
Small does equal bad for a central defender, yes. People love to cite wild exceptions to that rule such as Cannavaro, but there's a reason why it's always the same few names brought up every time, and that's because being 5'9" is less than ideal for a top level central defender and there have been very few world class ones who've been that height. Thomas Frank literally said in his post-match interview that they targeted Martinez because of his height, after seeing Brighton do so successfully last week. He's been identified by opposition managers as the weak link in United's back line two games in. Every other team in the league is going to do exactly the same thing for the rest of the season, putting their biggest attacking players directly up against him and trying to bully him. That isn't to say he can't possibly come good and prove everybody wrong, but it's worrying currently that the club has signed a player for nearly £60m and Brentford's manager is gleefully telling the media that they were delighted to see his name on the team sheet.People here are also desperate to try and blame the new defender because he's small? doesn't matter how he plays though, small = bad right?