Neville did a big piece on him for the MNF show this week really looking into his game.
He basically said that his stats in terms of goals/assists are match pretty much any wide player in the league apart from Salah who is way out in front after his season last year but his stats compare pretty well with all wide forwards at the top clubs. The difference is in the work rate the wide players at other clubs are running 10.5km per game Martial runs 9.5km now Neville said that isn't a dig at his defensive work it was a dig at his attacking work. Basically he said Martial doesn't run in behind enough he pulls wide and waits for the ball rather than running in behind the defender he said if he just made more of those runs he'd become a much more dangerous player.
That to me is probably a lack of coaching as he said he never made those runs at Monaco or under LVG or Mourinho and I'd say it's because in youth football he was a striker he doesn't have the natural wide players instincts.
Neville believed if he can just develop that part of his game he'd quickly go up another level because he points out Martial makes the hard finishes look almost routine.
Now some of that needs to come from Martial working one to one with the coaches asking them how to improve and then working on it and another part is on the coach getting the message to him on how to do it.
After a few decent performances he seems to have hit a slump again. He should be given a shot through the middle as the centre forward. We’ve given Lukaku Rashford and Sanchez a chance whereas most of Martials opportunities have come down the left.
Thought he was very sloppy when he came on but got the killer goal which is what really matters but he seems to me to be a player who's not a great sub struggles to get up to the speed of the game when he comes on as a sub.
Real real blow this one, Lingard is a loss because he definitely works in the Ole system but Martial has been brilliant of late. Also to come at a time when the big games are coming thick and fast is not great.
So I imagine come Chelsea our front three will be Mata, Sanchez and Rashford? Unless Ole decides to go for Lukaku on the right like the Arsenal game.