It seems any lingering hopes Tottenham Hotspur have of signing Anthony Martial can be extinguished. According to a report from The Telegraph, the case is closed on Manchester United’s end, as they have no desire to sell the player.
The report claims Tottenham were hopeful of a £60 million deal. However, United want to give Martial another chance at Old Trafford next season.
Which could be in the best interest of Tottenham Hotspur.
This weekend Spurs secured the long-term futures of Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela. These two players know what it is to play for Mauricio Pochettino. Their style of play suits him perfectly but, above all, it is their personalities that do.
Adaptable, hard-working and passionate the pair are adored by vast sections of the Tottenham support.
It is hard to see Martial fitting in the same way.
“For someone of his talent, he should be tearing this league apart with his ability. He’s lost his place in the France squad. There’s obviously something wrong with him.
“Mourinho and the French manager has turned off of him a little bit. You always get the feeling he’s playing at 85 per cent. If he showed that extra 15 per cent, then he could do anything. He’s got everything you’d want: composure in front of goal, great skill, pace, strength, but what is that little bit missing?”
In similar fashion to how Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko have flagged in North London the often sullen Martial would not work in Tottenham’s style of play.
Instead, Tottenham are right to go for a player like Wilfried Zaha, whose tireless energy would suit the system under Poch.
A fantastic player Martial might be, but a Tottenham player he is not.