Some at Manchester United still remain unconvinced about Anthony Martial, but Troy Deeney believes his fellow striker is “sick”.
The 24-year-old arrived for a mammoth fee in 2015 but hasn’t yet made the centre forward position, or any position for that matter, his own.
Marcus Rashford seem to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first pick in attack, but Deeney is a big admirer of Martial.
The Frenchman has scored 64 times for United with his most prolific season coming in his debut year.
And Deeney believes he is the victim of “fickle fans” who praise and criticise Martial in equal measure.
“How can you not like Martial? He’s so sick,” Deeney told United We Stand.
“He scored against us, everybody said he was unbelievable. He could play the same game against Burnley and not score and he’s ‘lazy’. That’s how fickle fans are.
“He could play really bad, have real bad touches, score two, you win 2-0, [and people say] Martial’s unbelievable today. They’re not looking at the footballing context. If you’re looking at it from a purely football context – why’s he going to chase a right-back down?
“He’s not going to do that. I’m not going to lie, it’s how I made a living!”
Solskjaer convinced Martial to sign a new deal at the club last summer which suggests he is part of his long-term plans.
But Deeney insists the striker will not be helped by indecision over where he plays.
“I still think they need to figure out Martial – is he playing on the left or as a striker?” he added.
Should United make that big money move for Jadon Sancho, it could affect the Frenchman.