If Barcelona are in the market for a traditional centre-forward, they could do worse than Jackson Martinez.
A totally different attacking prospect to Sergio Aguero, Porto's Jackson Martinez represents the traditional centre-forward that Tata Martino has talked about acquiring.
Tall, but technically gifted, it's fair to describe Martinez as an even stronger, more physical version of his countryman Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian was described by ex-Porto legend Paulo Futre, per talkSPORT, as:
Physically stronger than Falcao, they're different.
He's something of an old-fashioned central striker, he heads well, is very athletic, and reminds me of George Weah.
He could play in any of the three big leagues, Spain, Italy or England.
Whether Martino would indeed plump for a central striker in the Martinez mould will be answered soon enough. Did Barca have their fingers burned with the Zlatan Ibrahimovic experiment? Does a "target man" work?
Well yes, in Martino's style of play, it does. The long-ball game he is beginning to favour over tiki-taka will play to Martinez's strengths.
In holding the ball up to bring others into play, in winning the lion's share of high balls against defenders or in going it alone, Martinez will prosper.
A sound and essential purchase.