Former Manchester United striker, Louis Saha has no doubt Anthony Martial is likely to hit his peak with the Red Devils despite few challenges he faces as a striker.
Louis Saha has expressed that he believes Anthony Martial will be one of the best strikers to ever grace Man United as he watched the 24-year-old net his 22nd goal for the campaign during the Crystal Palace game.
Meanwhile, the former Red Devils striker believes the Frenchman needs to quickly adapt to having two of the best midfielders currently in his team; Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
“It’s fair to say Anthony is in the form of his life, for me,“ Saha told Manutd. ”He’s definitely a player that excites me as a fan and an ex-player.Embed from Getty Images
“I have been in that position where Anthony is, in that no.9 shirt, and I understand the pressure behind it.
“But I like his reaction; his desire to hurt defenders in many ways. He has the quality as well to score 25+ goals and, when you see the goals he’s scoring, not everybody can do that.
“I am just a massive fan of his and just wish him to have that consistently, to believe he can reach even higher heights because he’s got too much potential to stop there.
“People may assume this is his top form but I’m not sure because, when you look at his quality, he has definitely improved his positioning and his killer instinctEmbed from Getty Images
“He is really getting there,” added Saha. “We can always look for improvement and it’s more about switching on sometimes, as I like to think of it. I was the same.
“If it’s something he can address, it will make him more of a killer player because you now have players like Bruno Fernandes, who is going to challenge Paul Pogba in terms of creativity in midfield.
“Imagine how much you have to be on your toes as a striker because, if the ball comes from Fernandes, one touch, the ball could come to you. It’s the same with Pogba, so you have to find a way to get really busy and appreciate the fact that you need to create space all the time.Embed from Getty Images
“This is the only thing I can see he will need to improve – not because the player can’t but because the players now around him are so adept at passing the ball.”
The 41-year-old went on to express his delight on the fact that Ole Solskjaer believes greatly in Anthony Martial as he stressed on the importance of being a player the manager believes so much in.
“As a striker, the manager’s faith is really important,” he said. “You know, when Ole signed, naturally people think, because he’s been a forward, he can really understand where we need to recreate what United were doing, playing forward. Basically, that is what he has done.Embed from Getty Images
“When you see the strikers link with the midfield, you can appreciate the understanding they are starting to pick up. Passes, one-twos, stuff like this. You could say it was more restricted before, maybe more defensive minded in some ways and more about transition football. I’m not saying this wasn’t good or anything like this but it was a different approach.
“You can see the people benefiting from this are going to be the midfielders and the strikers. They have more freedom and more focus on what they are doing so they are creating more going forward.”
Anthony Martial looks to add more goals to his name as the Red Devils prepare to battle FA Cup opponent, Chelsea today.