Pundits suggest Unai Emery may not fancy Emiliano Martinez in goal

‘A World Cup winner coming back to the club will mean nothing to the manager’: Graeme Souness and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink suggest Unai Emery may not fancy the Emiliano Martinez as his number one after the Argentine is BENCHED against Spurs

  • Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink suggested Unai Emery might not fancy Emi Martinez
  • Argentina’s World Cup winner was named on the bench on his return to the side
  •  Robin Olsen started in his place, as he did against Liverpool on Boxing Day
  • Martinez antics have been criticised following Argentina’s World Cup win 
  • Follow Sportsmail’s live coverage as Tottenham take on Aston Villa 

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink has suggested World Cup winner Emiliano Martinez may not be fancied by Aston Villa boss Unai Emery after the goalkeeper was named among the substitutes on his return to the side. 

Robin Olsen started the New Year’s Day clash with Tottenham in goal his place, as he did in Villa’s last match against Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Martinez had been a key part of Argentina’s World Cup success as he picked up the golden glove and starred in two penalty shoot-outs. 

Emiliano Martinez was named on the Aston Villa bench on his return after the World Cup

Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink suggested Unai Emery might not fancy Martinez as his number one 

Speaking on Sky Sports, Hasselbaink questioned the decision not to start Martinez in goal, suggesting Emery may not be a fan of goalkeeper despite his heroics for Argentina.

‘I am surprised he is not playing, if I was Martinez, you would want to play straight away,’ Hasselbaink said. ‘Especially after you have lost 3-1. It wouldn’t [be a vote of confidence for Olsen] but he [Martinez] is still the number one.

‘It might tell us something about Martinez.

‘Maybe the manager does not fancy him as much as people think he is being fancied.’ 

Martinez was awarded the golden glove at the World Cup after starring for Argentina

Fellow pundit Graeme Souness highlighted how Fraser Forster had deputised for France’s Hugo Lloris in Tottenham’s first match after the World Cup, before making way for today’s match. 

Souness insisted Martinez’s displays would be ‘immaterial’ to Emery, with his performances for Aston Villa the only interest to the manager. 

‘Spurs have just done it with Forster,’ Souness said. ‘After the Brentford game, step aside.  

‘A World Cup winner coming back to the club will mean nothing to the manager, it will be about what he does for him, what he does for Villa. 

‘What he has done for his country will be immaterial to him. 

‘I think the manager has gone in there and shaken a few people up. He has had a reaction and I think he will continue to get a reaction.’

Martinez held up a doll mocking France’s Kylian Mbappe during the post-match celebrations

Martinez made a lewd gesture (pictured above) with the Golden Glove award after the final

Martinez had been pictured in Argentina just a few days ago, still celebrating his national side’s historic triumph through a series of social media posts. 

His celebrations back in Buenos Aires sparked controversy as he goaded France’s Mbappe by holding a baby doll with the star’s face on it during Argentina’s parade.

Martinez also made an obscene gesture after being awarded the Golden Glove for the tournament’s best keeper, which led to further criticisms of his actions.

His club boss, Unai Emery, was asked about his goalkeeper’s antics out in Qatar and confirmed he would ask Martinez to ‘control his emotions’ from now on.

Reports from Spain claim that Emery is keen to sell Martinez in January, having been unimpressed by his post-World Cup antics.

His behaviour has also sparked a row between international team-mate Angel di Maria and French defender Adil Rami, who labelled the stopper the ‘biggest s*** in football’. 

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