Phil Neville believes that Manchester United Anthony Martial will prove to be an “absolute bargain” on his way to becoming one of the best strikers in the world.
The deal cost Man United an initial £36.3m – but the fee could rise to £58m depending on performance related bonuses.
The 19-year-old has impressed since arriving at Old Trafford and he was named as the Premier League Player of the Month for September.
His fee was heavily criticised after the club missed out on a chance to sign Pedro, who ended up at Chelsea, but he’s proved that he was well worth the investment.
“From the very first time I saw him early in the season, when we [Valencia] played Monaco in the Champions League qualifying rounds, he was someone who was devastating against us,” Neville said.
“Every time he got the ball he made me nervous; he made our defenders nervous because he likes to turn and he likes to dribble.
“What I think he brings most to this Manchester United team is genuine speed and speed on the counter-attack, like we saw against Everton when they went to Goodison Park and won, as well as speed when United play a passing football style under Louis van Gaal.
“He has brought genuine speed to the team, he is strong and he is quick. People question the amount of money that van Gaal paid but I think United have got an absolute bargain and his style suits the Premier League. I think there is more to come. He is still young, he still learning and there is more to come from this striker, who I think could become one of the best in the world.”
The composure and ease on the ball that Martial has shown during his early United career has been staggering considering he is just 19 years old. United seem to have a real gem on their hands and it will be exciting to see how Martial develops in the coming years.