Alan Hutton has revealed what makes Emiliano Martinez different from previous goalkeepers at Aston Villa – confidence.
The former Holte End favourite, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old had been a “calming influence” on the entire backline with his commanding presence and “unbelievable” shot-stopping ability.
The Argentinian keeper kept his 11th clean sheet in 21 Premier League appearances on Saturday as he kept Arsenal at bay in a 1-0 home win.
As detailed by WhoScored, Martinez made three saves – two of which were caught and one parried – while he also managed to claim the ball twice in aerial situations.
Hutton, who played with no fewer than eight goalkeepers during his time at Villa Park, believes Martinez has had a “huge” impact on the backline’s confidence and is already a “key part” of the squad.
Asked what set Martinez apart from the shot-stoppers he worked with at Villa, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Confidence, seriously. It is a huge part of it.
“Obviously in previous teams that I played, we’ve conceded quite a lot of goals, confidence is low, they’ve rotated a lot.
“One was in for three games, then another one, then a new goalkeeper came in. I think I played with about eight different goalkeepers in eight, nine years so that in itself is not great.
“For him to come in, he’s a calming influence, he’s good with his feet, you can hear him actually talking to his back four, he’s a big guy who comes out and commands his area, catches balls – all these things breed confidence within a group.
“You can see with his performances on the pitch, they’ve been unbelievable, some of the saves he makes. He’s a key part of that Villa squad.”