Troy Deeney has lavished praise on ‘sick’ Anthony Martial and questioned ‘fickle’ criticism surrounding the performances of the Manchester United forward.
Martial has impressed having been handed a central role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far this season, scoring 16 goals in all competitions despite missing large periods of the campaign through injury.
Despite enjoying the best goalscoring form of his career in English football to date, however, Martial has often found himself a target for critics given his languid style and perceived lack of work-rate – a view Deeney has rubbished when giving his view on the forward’s performances.
The Watford captain has been discussing the 24-year-old’s talent and defended criticism of the Man Utd star, but suggested improving his goalscoring record may be the only way to satisfy ‘fickle fans’.
“How can you not like Martial? He’s so sick,” Deeney told The United 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!”
Martial has scored 64 goals in 208 appearances in all competitions for United since arriving from Monaco five years ago, though Deeney believes the forward must now find a permanent position in order to fulfil his talent.
“I still think they need to figure out Martial – is he playing on the left or as a striker?” Deeney added.