The upcoming January window could see some big signings come through the door at St James’ Park, but there is one man in particular who could make a vital difference – Anthony Martial.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Manchester United forward wants to leave Old Trafford in January after six-and-a-half years with the Red Devils, according to his agent. The Frenchman has scored just once this season in 10 appearances across all competitions, which begs the question – is he now surplus to requirements?
Of course, there is a new man at the helm in Ralf Rangnick who could reignite his career in Manchester, but Martial could also be seen as the ideal player to offload in order to generate funds, with Transfermarkt valuing the 26-year-old at £31.5m.
With hefty funds certainly expected to be available for Eddie Howe, Martial could be the ideal candidate to fix Newcastle’s goalscoring woes and boost their Premier League survival bid.
A lack of goals has certainly contributed to United’s poor start to the campaign, scoring just 17 in 15 league matches. Callum Wilson has scored six of those goals and could certainly do with some extra help up front, with fellow striker Joelinton netting just once.
Newcastle fans must be delighted to hear that they are among the favourites to sign Martial, who has been subject to praise throughout his tenure at Old Trafford. That’s been the case ever since joining as a 19-year-old back in 2015, having been labelled a “Ferrari” and a “world-class” player after impressing in Manchester United’s Europa League quarter-final win against Copenhagen back in 2020.
Moreover, the Frenchman had also been likened to his fellow countryman Thierry Henry when he first arrived in England from Monaco, and his 268 appearances for the Red Devils have seen him net 79 goals, a clear illustration that he is a reliable scorer.
Martial could well be departing Manchester United next month and, should Howe be backed financially, it seems a no-brainer for Newcastle to make an attempt to bring the 26-year-old forward to Tyneside to seriously improve their chances of staying in the Premier League.