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Javi Martinez's season was hampered by multiple injuries

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After a spectacular run during the triple season, Javi Martinez suffered a dip in form this year due to multiple injuries.

Adam Pretty
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Javi Martinez's second year in Munich was not nearly as lucrative as the first. A spot in midfield that was secure under Jupp Heynckes's reign went under as part of the Pep Guardiola transition.

Touches/90 Pass % Back Zone Pass % Forward Zone Pass %
109.24 90% 95% 83%

A major part of Martínez's narrative was his injury struggles, missing a total of 75 days with groin and knee issues at the start of both the Hinrunde and Rückrunde. Without a consistent base of fitness, he was never able to establish a place in the side, and the alternatives - Thiago Alcântara, Toni Kroos, and Philipp Lahm - commandeered the reps and touches in midfield.

Shots/90 KP+Assists/90 Duel % Aerial Duel %
0.56 1.48 51% 33%

Once Martínez finally returned, Guardiola elected to uproot Martínez from midfield and tested him in defense, a move that provided mixed results. His physical and tackling skill set extrapolated well, but the tactical and instinctual side hampered the defense on several occasions. It was not until the waning weeks of the season that Martínez re-assumed his role in holding midfield, a positive change that proved crucial in the DFB-Pokal Final.

Tackles/90 Int/90 Recoveries/90 Clearances/90
1.85 1.58 5.53 1.92

What comes next for Martínez is up in the air, positionally and financially. He has transitioned full time as a defender for the Spanish national team, clouding his midfield career trajectory. Additionally, with two years left on his deal, Bayern will have to chose whether or not to start the contract extension talks.

Martínez's future is directly tied to the direction of Bayern, one that is unascertained.

Grade 2013-2014: B-