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Are Tottenham Hotspur better off without Anthony Martial?

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Are Tottenham Hotspur better off without Anthony Martial?

Anthony Martial to Tottenham Hotspur never seemed a good fit.

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.

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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?”

– Gary Neville speaking about Anthony Martial in October 2017



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.



  1. druid

    July 22, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Don’t disagree that Martial might be a risk. I’d prefer Rashford or Pogba. If Martial stays at MU however, it will create issues there. He doesn’t want to be there. Given that Mourinho still wants Alderweireld and Woodward is afraid to approach Levy; maybe Levy should make him a shocker proposal. Spurs would love to keep Alderweireld, but, it might be hard given the Man U suggestion that they would pay him what he was asking while at the same time having no intention of attempting to acquire his contract. If Man U doesn’t act; I suspect Toby will sign a new deal with Spurs and the much touted 25M out clause will disappear. Toby won’t play a whole year at 65M a week when he can have 130M for at least 2 years.

  2. Don

    July 22, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Totally agree with Druid. Levy is playing poker and is better at it than Alderweireld and United combined.

    Toby understandably wants to test the market for his final big payday at 29. Spurs offer circa 130 pw, which United probably suggest they can beat easily. Howver, United won’t pay 75m for a 29 year old who has had a bad injury and missed half of last season as a result – ignore the injustice nonsense, Toby wasn’t match fit until late March and Spurs couldn’t risk his rehabilitation in the run in with better/fitter options available as any big team would including United.

    Levy won’t blink, United won’t pay 75m, Toby won’t wait 12 months on 60k pw hoping United or someone else rescues him next summer for 25m.

    Levy either gets a world class defender for cheap wages for 12 months then 25m or a world class defender for decent wages for 2-3 years followed by a nominal fee. Win or bigger win.

    Toby cannot get a move this summer without someone resenting having to shell out the going rate in transfer monies and has a small market given the money he’s looking for. United are really his only hope and he’d sign a new deal in late August thinking he can rock the boat again next year (if he can be bothered and if his ego hasn’t been repaired by then due to winning his place back).

    United don’t know what to do as they don’t bully certain teams anymore. They have the very same scenario with Martial and ironically are going to do a Levy on him by forcing an extention to his contract. So they get the score and are not going to stupidly pay 75m. They’ll convert Matic and realise they don’y need Tovy.

    There you go….

  3. joseph mifsud

    July 22, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I like the player but not surely at that price. I would rate him no more that 25 – 30 mil.

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