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World Cup Watch: Former Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez assesses Germany’s striker issue

Who should Germany use as a No. 9?

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Former Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez is using his break from club football to do a little analysis of Germany’s vacancy at center-forward.

Martinez does not see an easy answer to the complex question, but he does think he knows a couple of players who do not fit the bill: Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller and Chelsea FC’s Kai Havertz.

“For me Thomas shouldn’t play as a striker. He’s better when he doesn’t have a defined position. He knows where the dangerous situations are, he knows where he can hurt the opponent. For me, he’s more of a No. 10 who plays behind the striker,” Martinez told Magenta TV (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “Kai Havertz is a top player, but he’s not Gomez, not Klose, not Pizarro. He’s not a No. 9 who can tie down center-backs, keep opponents busy and hold long balls. He makes good movements, but I don’t think Germany has that type of player as No. 9.”

Martinez stopped short of saying what he would do from there. but it is clear that he knows who he would not use at center-forward.

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