This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Sometimes, transfers just don’t work out and Southampton’s move for Cuco Martina back in 2015 was one of those. Indeed, amid so many defence problems for the Saints these days and suggestions they’re to go shopping in the New Year sales for reinforcement, it’s important to remember things can always go wrong when drafting in reinforcement.
You may have fond memories of the Curaçao international; his goal against Arsenal on Boxing Day 2015 was a thing of absolute beauty, after all. Outside of the foot, roughly 25 yards from goal, Roberto Carlos-like bend.
For that, it’s hard to imagine Martina will never be forgotten by the St. Mary’s faithful. However, it’s probably fair to say that is all he will be remembered for. Well, that and a string of really poor performances in the red and white shirt.
The former FC Twente defender was never a regular starter for Saints, more so used as cover for first-choice right-back Cedric Soares, featuring in the early stages of cup competitions rather than consistently in the top-flight and it was clear to see why.
Martina only made a total of 36 appearances in red and white during a two-year period and departed the south coast alongside Ronald Koeman in 2017. Having reportedly cost £1.35m (per Transfermarkt), the Rotterdam-born player was slammed for his performances by sections of the club’s support for performances like the one against Stoke City back in 2016.
All in all, WhoScored rated him at just 6.57/10 for his overall contribution during the 2016/17 campaign on the south coast and 6.81/10 for the season prior, the 17th and 11th highest in the squad respectively, so it’s fair to say he didn’t exactly set the world alight.
In fact, upon the player’s move to join Everton – the club who still pay his wages even today – many Saints expressed their surprise at the move, with one fan (via HITC) describing him as the ‘worst RB we’ve ever had.’ Yes, he might not have cost a lot, but it’s fair to say his contribution outside of THAT goal makes him a dud.
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