Nottingham Forest have recently been linked with Mainz 05 left-back Aaron Martin (26), should the signing of AC Monza left-back Carlos Augusto, who is also being pursued by Inter Milan, fail, making the deal very complicated for Nottingham Forest to finalise.
Aaron Martin is already an experienced left-back. At 26, he has already enjoyed a number of seasons in La Liga and the Bundesliga. Here’s a look at his career so far and what he could bring to Nottingham Forest.
Aaron Martin began his career at Barcelona’s RCD Espanyol youth academy. He showed immense potential from an early age and quickly rose through the ranks. In 2015, he made his debut for Espanyol’s senior team in La Liga. Martin’s performances attracted the attention of several European clubs and, in 2018, he joined Mainz.
Upon his arrival at Mainz, Martin made an immediate impact, becoming a key player in the team’s defence. His pace, agility and positional sense make him a reliable presence on the left flank in both defence and attack. Martin’s ability to contribute offensively is evident in the precision of his crosses and passes, which often lead to goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates.
Beyond his technical skills, Aaron Martin possesses a strong work ethic and a relentless desire to improve. He is known for his dedication both on and off the pitch, constantly striving to improve his abilities. His commitment to his craft has earned him the respect of team-mates, coaches and fans alike.
Martin’s performances at Mainz also attracted the attention of the national team coaches. He represented the Spanish national team at various levels of training and demonstrated his potential to become a future asset to the senior team.
Aaron Martin has also spent six months on loan at Celta Vigo during the second half of the 2020-2021 season. In 28 Bundesliga games this season, he has scored five goals and provided three assists. The Spaniard has the advantage of being free this summer as his contract with Mainz expires. A free signing would be a particularly interesting deal for Nottingham Forest, who could spend their transfer budget on other positions that need strengthening this summer.