Swansea City have been handed a boost in their bid to appoint Russell Martin at the Liberty Stadium this summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a claim made by Toby Lock, with the journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that, after speaking with Martin himself, the 35-year-old revealed he had twice turned down Jason Levien and Steven Kaplan’s approaches for his services.
However, Lock addd that, after the Swans hierarchy made a third approach on Friday, the MK Dons manager felt obliged to at least discuss the position with Levien and Kaplan.
In his tweet, the journalist said: “Just chatted with RM: He says he’s turned Swansea down twice this week before their approach on Friday. Now he feels obliged to speak to them to see what they have to offer. Watch this space I guess.”
After an image emerged of Martin at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, these reports would indeed appear to be accurate.
Would you take Martin at Swansea?
Levien & Kaplan will be buzzing
Having seen two approaches for Martin dismissed outright by the man himself, reports that the 35-year-old has finally agreed to sit down with the Swansea owners is sure to have left them buzzing.
Indeed, the MK Dons boss looks as if he would be a very astute appointment as Steve Cooper’s successor at the Liberty Stadium, albeit with a rather different approach to the game in comparison to his potential predecessor.
Under the guidance of Martin, the Dons have transformed into a possession-focused team, looking to dominate the ball regardless of their opposition. However, this possession was very rarely idle, with the club topping the Possession x Progressive Passes per 90 minutes charts last season.
Furthermore, in order to win the ball back to implement their style of play on the game, the 35-year-old’s team also press intensely, allowing their opposition an average of just 9.28 passes before triggering a defensive action, with their PPDA (passes per defensive action) ranking as the fifth-lowest in the league.
In comparison, Cooper’s brand of football was less concrete at Swansea, with the 41-year-old often chopping and changing the way his side played in order to get the better of their opposition on any given day – something which, to his credit, worked rather effectively.
However, with Martin now seemingly in talks about taking over at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea fans could well see their side undergo something of a transformation next season, with the thought of having a proper identity once again surely an exciting prospect for everyone involved with the south Wales club.