Everything Barcelona fans need to know about new signing Martin Braithwaite

Everything Barcelona fans need to know about new signing Martin Braithwaite
The striker joins Barcelona in an €18m deal

The former Middlesbrough striker who played a full season in the second division of English football has been snapped up by the Catalan giants in an €18m deal from Leganes.

After the injury to Ousmane Dembele ruled him out for six months, Barcelona have brought in Martin Braithwaite as a replacement from Leganes for €18m.

La Liga rules stipulate that any club whose player is ruled out of action for more than five months could sign a replacement outside the transfer window.

The rules further state that the replacement might either be a free agent or already playing in Spain, and that they cannot take part in any UEFA competition.

Braithwaite spent the whole of last season on loan at Leganes before making his transfer permanent by signing a four-year deal in July. He scored eight goals in 27 games for Leganes before putting pen to paper with the Catalan side earlier today.

Who is Martin Braithwaite?

Everything Barcelona fans need to know about new signing Martin Braithwaite

Since coming through the youth ranks of Dutch side Esberg fB in his hometown, the 28-year-old has enjoyed a nomadic career that has taken him to France, England and finally Spain.

Braithwaite spent the first four years of his senior career for Esberg fB and managed a respectable goal tally of 19 goals in 97 games in all competitions. His performance in Denmark earned the 5’11’’ forward a move to Ligue 1 side Toulouse where he enjoyed more success by banging in 40 goals in 149 appearances.

The striker’s above-average performances in France caught the eye of Championship side Middlesbrough who snapped him at the start of the 2017/18 season in a £9m deal.   After spending only six months at the Teesside, he was loaned out to Bordeaux in the middle of the season.

Following a six-month loan spell in France, the player came back to the Championship and played for Boro for a whole season before expressing his desire to leave the club in the summer of 2017. He got his wish six months later as Boro loaned him out to Leganes, before selling him last summer.


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How will his signing benefit Barcelona?

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For a player who ‘WhoScored’ describes as having ‘no significant strengths,’ a move to one of the best clubs in world football must be beyond the wildest dreams of the ex-Boro striker.

His 5’11’’ stature might not mark him as the tallest player on the field, but the 28-year-old has the ability to surprise opposition defenders by being deceptively good in the air.

Also, while Leganes used him as their central striker during the first six months of this season, Braithwaite can play as a winger and could play in the no. 10 role if required.

One area where the Denmark international could do better is his defensive contribution. The forward’s work rate isn’t the best in business, which means he has to work hard on his off-the-ball playing style if he’s to lead the high-press system which Quique Setien employs at the Camp Nou.

However, given the fact that Barcelona have Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi both fit and firing, it is expected that the most his manager might expect from Braithwaite is to provide an additional attacking option from the bench.

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