Anthony Martial has blown hot and cold during his spell with Manchester United - but there’s no denying the French forward is a class act.
The 22-year-old has produced many special moments since joining the Red Devils from AS Monaco in 2015, including his brace against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
Martial turned that game on its head by producing two excellent finishes in less than 20 minutes against Maurizio Sarri’s side.
United are keen to tie Martial down to a new long-term contract but the France international has rejected the club’s latest offer.
His current deal expires next summer and United fans now fear that he will decide to leave Old Trafford.
Speaking about the Martial situation in his latest Daily Mail column, Peter Crouch can’t understand how United have allowed the forward to enter the final year of his contract.
The Stoke City striker believes Martial could be United’s main forward for the next decade - and reckons it would be madness if he leaves Old Trafford on a free.
“It is remarkable that Anthony Martial is in the final year of his contract at Manchester United,” Crouch said.
“I had to do a double take when I saw he is still only 22 because it feels like he has been on the scene for a long time. The reality is he is only just getting started in his professional life.
“He looks to me like a player who will respond to having an arm around his shoulder, one of those individuals who needs to be looked after to stop him going into his shell.
“He thrives when he is confident and you saw how good he can be at Chelsea last Saturday. There is a lot of talk around what will happen with his deal but one thing you can say for certain is that, if the deadlock continues, come January 1 every top club in Europe will want him.
“Martial could be United’s main striker for the next 10 years and it would be crazy if he was allowed to drift away for nothing.”
Crouch also believes that it will cost United more than £50 million to find an adequate replacement for Martial if he does leave.
“I would be amazed if that happens,” he added. “United paid £50million for him and it would cost more than that to find a replacement of comparable quality.”
Crouch has hit the nail on the head.
Although Martial is a little inconsistent, there’s no doubt that he’s a potential superstar.
At 22, he still has the best years of his career ahead of him. It’s inevitable that he’ll fulfil his potential at another top European club if United fail to convince him to stay.
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