Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry reckons that international compatriot Anthony Martial has been unable to hit the heights at Manchester United since he has been played out wide more often than not.
The 20-year-old came to the Premier League in the summer for a base fee of £ 36 million, which could rise to be on £ 50 million depending on performances. He is seen as one of the most talented youngsters in world football and someone with the potential to surpass Henry in terms of this achievements for the French national team.
After a great start to life in the Premier League with a debut goal against Liverpool, Martial has struggled for form in recent weeks. The striker finally broke his league duck, which has been going on since the 3-2 win over Southampton towards the end of September, by scoring in the 2-1 loss against Norwich City during the weekend. Despite the loss, Martial will be glad to get off the mark once again. Questions have been raised by several pundits about manager Louis Van Gaal’s tactics and Henry has even questioned him about the use ofMartial. The 20-year-old has often been used to playing from the wide left just like Henry in his early days.
Henry, though, reckons that this may not be the ideal position for the forward."What are you doing here? I actually do not know what he is doing there. He should be there [in the penalty area], having a one versus one, scoring and celebrating. Is it fear? Is it because they have been brainwashed a bit too much? I just don't get it.They wanted a guy who scored goals. They wanted a guy to run in behind fast. He came in and did that. Suddenly now he finds himself out there, almost not touching the ball,” said Henry.