With the 2022/2023 season having come to an finish, Erik ten Hag and different Manchester United decision-makers can be seeking to enhance the squad forward of subsequent season.
One of many massive questions on the desk is Anthony Martial‘s future. Is his time up at Previous Trafford?
This season, Martial has barely been accessible, lacking out on harm on six separate spells. Of the 11 occasions he’s performed, nevertheless, he’s scored six and assisted two, which averages out to simply over a objective contribution each 122 minutes.
Having moved to United within the 2015/2016 season, and proven a lot preliminary promise, issues haven’t fairly gone to plan for the enigmatic Frenchman.
His preliminary contribution of 11 objectives and 4 assists that season had followers feeling fairly optimistic, nevertheless, Martial fell off fairly considerably, contributing a paltry 4 objectives and 6 assists the following season.
Within the following two seasons, he would obtain the mixed objective and help contributions of 14 and 12 respectively.
The barren spell was damaged by an interlude of scientific type within the 2019/2020 season the place he scored 17 and assisted six. Once more, this promising excessive was adopted by a dreadful droop, with Martial contributing simply 4 objectives and three assists in 17 appearances.
This time round, there have been clear extenuating components, as he suffered a string of accidents that season.
With that stated, there’s a case to be made for holding Martial at Previous Trafford, if just for a ‘final probability’ season.
On the proof of the 2019/2020 season, a totally match Martial is a harmful attacking risk. So the true query is, can Martial be saved match?
Even in his few spells out and in of the group this season, whereas the 27-year-old has not been prolific, he has proven that he does swimsuit Ten Hag’s model of play along with his glorious link-up play.
So whereas he is probably not the person to guide United to a title cost, he definitely can play a backup function to United’s primary man–whoever that can be, with out an excessive amount of of a drop-off in high quality.
As all of those will doubtless be big-money signings–if they arrive, United could be unlikely to spend on a second striker in the identical window. This implies the membership wants a dependable backup.
This season, the place has been rotated between Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Martial, when match.
Rashford clearly thrives enjoying off the left, and Weghorst merely hasn’t proven himself match for the duty, having failed to attain a single Premier League objective, and searching one thing of a misfit.
If he can keep match, Martial is the perfect candidate to play a backup function to whoever United usher in over the summer time. All the higher if he’s in a position to rediscover his 2019/2020 type.