The Frenchman, following a muted first campaign under Jose Mourinho, has been nothing short of spellbinding this season, claiming five goals, five assists and the ‘Player of the Month’ award for September.
He was linked with a move away over the summer, with Arsenal proving to be the main suitors, but Martial publicly made it clear that the reports had no substance at all.
The fact that Barcelona, a true giant of a club, has expressed interest in Martial is a testament to the 21-year-old’s resurgence over the last few months. Would they have even considered moving for him last year? Absolutely not.
In fact, the troubling aspect of story is that, actually, you can imagine the winger looking right at home at the Nou Camp: close control, quick interplay, hitting the byline, rinsing Levante away from home. You can really see it, can’t you?
Jose Mourinho, therefore, will have to continue to construct an environment that every player – even those who don’t start – enjoys and engages with.