Didier Deschamps: Anthony Martial must change his state of mind

by Tanveer Arayan

Anthony Martial has been told to change his state of mind and become more consistent by French boss Didier Deschamps.

The Manchester United forward has had an average start to the new season under Jose Mourinho after enjoying a spectacular debut season at Old Trafford last campaign.

He scored 17 times across all competitions in 2015-16, but is yet to find the back of the net as he adapts to life under the Portuguese boss.

Speaking about Martial, Deschamps claims he needs to become stronger if he stands a chance of building consistency and going on a long run.

“Anthony started the season very early. He’s already played a lot in a system that is slightly different to ours,” Deschamps said.

“He needs to be more consistent, despite his qualities. He can make the difference in a game because he’s a fast and powerful player who can score and assist.

“At this age, even if he has already proved a lot, he has to go through that stage. He has to maintain a certain level of performance for some weeks, some months.

“He’s played a lot, he’s the one who played the most last season and that’s why he was a little unfit at the European Championship.

“It’s his state of mind. He’s like that so he needs to battle a little with himself. He needs to get stronger in order to maintain his level on a long run.”

The Premier League season has only just started and there is still plenty of time for Martial to prove himself to Mourinho and cement his place in the first-team.

Consistency is a big point for Martial to work on, as Deschamps suggests, but at 20 his is still young and will be able to improve as he picks up more experience in England.

He has now linked up with Les Bleus for a friendly against Italy and the World Cup qualifying clash with Belarus where he will be hoping to pick up some game-time after a disappointing Euro 2016 showing.

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