Martinez: “Nainggolan is a Number 10. He underperformed with Belgium”

Radja Nainggolan - AS Roma
Radja Nainggolan - AS Roma

Belgium national team head coach Martinez spoke about Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan again. The player doesn’t fit with his tactical scheme.




Roberto Martinez has released an interview with ‘Sport Foot Magazine’ and mentioned the actual situation of the Roma midfielder.

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“Radja Nainggolan is a player with a great potential. However, I couldn’t sit him on the bench as a 15th/16th player. He needs a prominent role in a team.

I am aware of his popularity but my role is to choose players that can provide balance to my team. Right now, we have two number 10s spots. Mertens and Hazard are performing better than him.

When Nainggolan plays with Roma he performs well as a number 10, right behind Dzeko because he can be free to move wherever he wants. But when he played with us, albeit we don’t have similar players, he underperformed in that role.

One of his best qualities is when he can move toward the center of the field and shoot on goal. He didn’t play well against Russia, Czech Republic, and Greece though.”




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