Anthony Martial struggled at Sevilla and is unlikely to feature at Man United
One goal, fitness issues, European failure and a title opportunity that got out of hand… Anthony Martial’s loan spell at Sevilla came to nothing and it’s hard to see why Erik ten Hag would keep him at Man United
- Anthony Martial, unwanted at Old Trafford, was loaned to Sevilla in January
- But the French attacker’s time in Spain was hugely disappointing
- He scored just one goal, provided one assist and finished 90 minutes once
- Fitness problems cost him dearly as Sevilla’s season turned out to be disappointing
“We know him and we are excited about him. He can give us things that other players can’t,” said Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui . sports post in an interview in February, not long after Anthony Martial on loan.
The excitement faded along with the Seville season.
He was brought in to gear the team up as they tried to reach and win the Europa League final at their home stadium, taking on their challenge for the title in the final weeks of the season.
Anthony Martial’s loan to Sevilla last season was disappointing after initial excitement
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But he only played 90 minutes once, scoring only one goal and providing one assist.
When Martial arrived, Sevilla were second in the table, six points behind Real Madrid, with the eventual champions still ahead. At the end of the season they were fourth, 16 points behind.
It wasn’t all his fault, of course. But he had been brought in to make sure there was no slump at the end of the season and he never got fit enough to do the job.
The night she finally gave up all hope of winning the league in a 3-2 defeat at home to Real Madrid summed up Martial’s time at the club. He had done well in a pulsating first half in which Sevilla had taken a 2-0 lead.
But in the 41st minute he limped away with hamstring problems and Real Madrid scored three times after halftime to win the game 3-2.
United loaned Martial after he became redundant at Old Trafford in January
There was a lot of optimism when he was revealed as a Sevilla player at the end of January
In Europe it was a similar story. When he turned up, Sevilla was just starting their Europa League adventure, having been knocked out of the Champions League, and Martial scored against Dynamo Zagreb in the play-off match that set up a last-16 encounter with West Ham.
But he played just 15 minutes off the bench in the first leg and was on the losing side in the return leg when Sevilla went out.
In total, it was one goal and one assist in 673 minutes of football. His mission was to revive his own fortune and give Sevilla some of the thrust they lacked, but there was failure on both fronts – they wanted a player who would be direct and dynamic, but all attempts to do so failed. paralysed.
“It is always difficult for players who arrive in the winter period,” Julen Lopetegui said before the end of the campaign.
West Ham put an end to Sevilla’s hopes of winning another Europa League title in the last 16 leg
Martial suffered a hamstring injury when Sevilla lost 3-2 to Real Madrid in a big league clash
“We want to help him reach his best level because we need him. But of course he also has to adapt to the team.’
He was able to talk to Martial in English because the player didn’t speak Spanish. And he didn’t have to be convinced by the quality of the French international. It was never about the coach not believing in the player.
“He is both technically and physically good and he is powerful and versatile,” he had enthused when Martial arrived.
“He can play on the left where he often played for Manchester United. He can play as a center striker. He will adapt to what we ask of him.
“He can give us that touch of quality at the end of a move. He can also make us a bit more vertical in broad areas.’
Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui defended Martial’s performance after his loan spell flopped
There is still a feeling at Sevilla that Martial and Sevilla could have been the perfect match. And when Sevilla’s director-general Jose Maria Cruz spoke recently, he didn’t seem to rule out Martial’s return next summer.
He said the player liked the club and the city and defended him by saying: “Just as he was getting used to the coach’s system, he started getting injured. He didn’t get the run of games he wanted.”
But other than Martial being put on loan again without a loan fee being charged and paying more than half of his £240,000 wages a week, it won’t happen.
Sevilla’s financial situation is such that they recently had to sell one of their best defenders to Aston Villa. Diego Carlos’ partner Jules Kounde is also likely to leave this summer.
Martial simply failed to deliver on the promise he showed during his first season at Man United
They are part of the Champions League but cannot prevent attacks from English middle-class teams. There isn’t the money to bet a spot in the roster on a player who – albeit through injury – never got up to speed.
And even if the club’s sporting director Monchi believes it’s still a worthwhile gamble, it would be difficult to sell it to supporters who were taken aback by what they saw last season.
He made a lot of money and offered nothing, was one fan’s verdict on the deal that excited Lopetegui but just never got out of first gear in the end.