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Anthony Martial - no improvement is the reason for his absence

Tuesday 21st February 2017
Anthony Martial was once known as the golden boy, the best in the U21 radar and who qualified for the award in Europe. 2017 hasn't been very kind to Martial, who has been left out of Jose's stratagem time and time again, but why?

The answer is his overall proficiency for the club. His confidence has been rocky, but that is no surprise with the continuous axing from his manager. The 1-1 draw with Stoke City had riled up Martial into questioning, "why was he left out?" Anthony spoke to the press about his concerns and treatment, and since January hasn't had much improvement to date.

Jose has tried with the player and has given him the benefit of the doubt to improve his overall play. The pressure, may or may not have gotten to the player, but he hasn't thrived under the watchful words of his experienced manager. Jose did react angrily to Martial's disfavoured outlook - and blamed his agent for reinforcing the wrong message into his ears. The message no doubt being that he should be playing regular first-team football.

The chances for Anthony came at a time when Jose was evaluating his squad, watching them play and seeing who is hungry enough to be picked from the crowd. Thriving under these eyes can be tough, mean, and at times down - right unfortunate. It's a time where standing out is key! When you have to go - hunger - games - on your co - players and compete for the last piece of meat that's available. It's tough, but it shows maybe an inability to work under pressure from the young player.

The Wigan game was his fighting chance against the pack of wolves (so to speak) in his squad. He didn't outshine or outplay - leaving Jose with no choice but to bench the player when it came to the Hull game. It was an unfortunate display from the player, who, even after producing two helpful assists couldn't give any more to his performance. Jose replied quite bluntly to where he would place Anthony -

“Enough to be on the bench.” - 

A typical Jose response to a very direct question asking if Anthony's performance was good enough? Well, it wasn't, and since then it hasn't improved or will not improve as he just isn't invested that deeply into the player.

They need funds, and with the boyish-looking Griezman totalling near enough to £100m, it is no wonder that they are looking to get rid of the weaker links. Anthony being one of these and even though he once was a top goalscorer that has changed since the exit of Van Gaal.

Van Gaal once told him that he was, "untransferable." A lie, every player is transferable. No player should be made to feel invincible, as you are merely setting up a mirage. He scored plenty of goals last season, and had promising reviews, was on top - and is no longer.  His price - tag, £57.6 million, is no longer what Jose sees as a worthy investment.
Christine Reynolds
I would say that I'm a writer of many flavors. I did a-bit of music journalism - I want to do this full time. I've done some content writing, editing and freelance work, and other various media/music related work. I've written for various blogs and magazines (up and coming,) and hope to be a fully fledged writer; earning the big bucks and stirring my readers. Au revoir.

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