Anthony Martial has downplayed all early comparisons with Thierry Henry and insisted he has a lot of hard work to do if he is ever going to reach that level.
Even before Martial was signed by Manchester United, the press were labelling him as the new Henry thanks to his style of play and his early exploits after completing his move seemed to back up that comparison.
His ice cool, composed finishing certainly evoked memories of Henry in his pomp at Arsenal but Martial is making sure to ignore everything that is said in the press and concentrate solely on his own football.
Speaking in an interview with RMC Sport in France, Martial said: “Since I was a child, I don’t pay attention to what is said about me, good or bad.”
“Thierry Henry? He is a legend in England. I have a lot to do to prove myself.
“Maybe, with hard work, I will finally reach Henry’s level. But at the moment, I’m far from it.”
Martial has got his head screwed on right and is far from your average 19-year-old in terms of maturity. Any teenager who pays too much attention to the press will always find it difficult to ignore and it’s good to hear he does his utmost to focus on his own football rather than anything else.
It’s very early days in Martial’s career but he’s got everybody excited with his consistent and strong his performances are, even when he doesn’t score, and although the comparisons with Henry are far too premature and unnecessary, it’s indicative of how highly rated he is by the press and those who watched him develop in France.