It’s been an active January transfer window – on in which Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has announced the completion of his loan to Sevilla.
Playing time was simply at a shortage regardless of Martial’s talent. Many feel that he is amongst the Premier League’s top 10 strikers. He just happens to be on a team that possibly has two top-five level strikers in Mason Greenwood and Cristiano Ronaldo.
United also has great options on the wing in the form of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard, and veteran striker Edinson Cavani. For a young player like Martial, he needs to be playing to continue his development. Yet, his talent is too great to allow him to leave on transfer – especially considering the age of Ronaldo and Cavani.
It appears a perfect solution has come together with Martial going to an excellent club in Sevilla, currently in second place in La Liga. The team sits just four points behind league leaders Real Madrid. Martial’s loan to Sevilla has no option to buy while also requiring no loan fee. As such, Sevilla will be covering Martial’s wages during his time with the club.
Martial should have a chance at significant minutes from the outset, particularly as Sevilla’s biggest weakness is goal scoring. Their leading goal scorer is Rafa Mir, with just six goals in 20 appearances. The team’s goal scoring has been a team effort this season, with no one stepping up to be a lead target man.
The arrival of Martial looks to be a match made in heaven for everyone involved. Sevilla gets a much-needed forward to give them the goal-scoring threat they were missing, for a chance to compete for a league title. Martial gets the playing time he is looking for and will be getting it at a very competitive level. While Manchester United still retains long-term rights to a player whose development could get a significant boost when he returns to the club ready to earn a more prominent role.
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