It was all over the press yesterday, but he has put pen to paper today, as Bruno Martins Indi has completed a loan move to Stoke City today.
Deals seem to come out of nowhere during Deadline Day, and this was exactly the same, as the club looked to get the deal done as quick as possible. Yesterday it was reported by various outlets that the Dutch defender was in talks with the club over a possible move, and earlier today we was pictured at Clayton Wood for his medical.
For those who don’t know much about him, Martins Indi is a centre-back, but is versatile in the fact that he can also play at left-back if needs be. The 24-year-old arrives on loan from Porto for a reported fee of €1.5-2m, with an optional future fee of €10m if we choose to keep him. This was reported yesterday in our Deadline Day Live live blog, but has not been fully confirmed as of yet.
Rising to fame at the 2014 World Cup, the defender was part of the Netherlands side that finished third in the tournament, proving to be a very solid addition to the squad. Whether it be for his facial expression, or his actual defensive abilities, Martins Indi became a stand-out player after the World Cup, and was quickly snapped up by Porto. The Portuguese side payed €7.7m for him, and he made 71 appearances for them in 2 seasons, scoring just the 2 goals.
This is definitely a step in the right direction, as although he is pretty unknown to a minority of our fans, his performances at the 2014 World Cup alone is enough to impress anybody. With a host of clubs interested him over the years, including Manchester United, Liverpool, and Everton, it seems he’s settled for life in the Potteries.
We will have to wait and see what sort of impact he has for the club, but with Wollscheid looking like he is on his way out, Martins Indi will definitely be looked at as a starter alongside Shawcross. His physical ability is apparently his strong point, as well as his defensive skills, so I don’t think he will have any problems battling against the big boys of the Premier League.