Manchester United have helped take the Premier League summer spending to almost record heights after splashing £36 million on striker Anthony Martial from Monaco. The French club have been on a selling spree in recent times and United have been the latest to take advantage. However, there is a feeling that the Red Devils may have splurged a little too excessive on the 19-year-old, who is yet to be proven at the very top level. Martial has always been seen as a player with incredible potential, but the transfer fee paid by United has raised a few eyebrows.
It has all the signs of a panic buy, has United have looked severely short of ideas in the attacking front. Furthermore, they allowed yet another striker – Javier Hernandez – to leave the club. The Mexican international has signed for Bayer Leverkusen for just over £7 million. Martial and Wayne Rooney will now be seen as the key pairing up front for Louis Van Gaal. The new signing will have a lot to live up to and most of the expectations will be generated because of the transfer fee. Martial is now the world’s most expensive teenage footballer. Following the move, the player said:
“I am so excited to be joining Manchester United. I have enjoyed my time at AS Monaco and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me.
“I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and to join the biggest club in the world is what every young footballer dreams of. I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and working with Louis van Gaal who has achieved so much in his career.”
Van Gaal has once again splashed out and there are six new faces at Old Trafford. Performances, though, are yet to show a marked improvement. The recent 2-1 defeat against Swansea City has not helped matters, but the team do not appear as poor as they did when Van Gaal took over; this might be one of the few consolations for United fans. Van Gaal said:
“Anthony is a naturally talented, young, multi-functional forward with great potential.”
Martial is known for his explosive pace and has a style that is very similar to Thierry Henry. Even though he is a central striker by nature, his tendency to drift out wide – primarily to the left flank – is likely to see him compared to the legendary Arsenal striker more often than not. Unlike Henry who did not cost much, Martial is likely to be judged on his transfer fee more often than not. After all, he is the third most expensive player in United’s history. He is only behind Angel di Maria and Juan Mata in terms of transfer fees paid. The 19-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the club, who also have the option of extending it by an additional year.