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Man Utd transfer branded a ‘failure’ with Ten Hag the latest to face unenviable task

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Sevilla’s loan move for Man Utd forward Anthony Martial has been labelled a ‘failure’, and all eyes will now be on what Erik ten Hag does with the Frenchman.

Martial, 26, joined Sevilla on loan in January. Martial had fallen down the pecking order under Ralf Rangnick and the move was seen as a win-win for both Sevilla and Manchester United.

Indeed, Sevilla’s attacking options would be boosted as they strived to reel in Real Madrid atop LaLiga.

From United’s end, a loan fee was received and it was hoped Martial would be able to rediscover his best form as Jesse Lingard had away at West Ham last year.

Indicating United’s hopes Martial would return a refreshed player, they refused to include an option to buy in the deal. That was also to ensure their next permanent manager had the final say on Martial’s future.

However, the Frenchman’s time in Seville has largely been a disappointment.

Martial has bagged just one goal and one assist across all competitions since joining. What’s more, he is now injured for the second time in his short spell in Spain.

Speaking after Sevilla’s costly defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend, manager Monchi surprisingly left the door ajar for a Martial reunion next year.

“Unfortunately it is difficult to analyse Martial’s performance when he has been injured and now he has been injured again,” said Monchi (via Marca).

“I do not close the door to his continuity. Although there are many things to see and talk to the player at the end of the season ”

Martial conundrum awaits Ten Hag

However, per Marca, the chances of Sevilla signing Martial a second time are virtually nil.

Firstly, the newspaper brand the January move a ‘failure’. His lowly return in front of goal has not justified the £5m loan fee Sevilla reportedly forked out.

Additionally, Sevilla are poised to reshape their squad this summer. It’s reported some of their top earners are set to be moved on. Martial reportedly pockets over double what Sevilla’s highest earner does, thus making a permanent move impractical anyway.

As such, Martial is certain to be returned to Old Trafford this summer with incoming manager Erik ten Hag due to decide his fate.

Martial – like so many United signings – has shown glimpses of his talents since arriving in Manchester. However, no manager has been able to harness his best on a consistent basis.

Whether Ten Hag can break that streak or whether he decides to cut ties altogether, only time will tell. Marca add any permanent exit is likely to be within the Premier League given the player’s high salary.

 

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“It’s a sensible decision” – Hull City fan pundit reacts as club make call on 23-year-old

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Terrace Talk’ series, which provides personal opinions from our FLW Fan Pundits regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Hull City experienced a very up and down 2021/22 season but ultimately managed to maintain their Championship status very comfortably.

The Tigers were probably at their best towards the back end of Grant McCann’s reign at the club, which will make it interesting to monitor how they perform after Shota Arveladze has had a full pre-season and transfer window at MKM Stadium.

If Acun Ilicali’s ambition is matched in the transfer market and on the pitch then a season of progress is to be expected in 2022/23, with a top half finish a realistic goal if they can strengthen the squad.

Hull triggered a one-year extension in Mallik Wilks‘ contract last week, to bolster attacking depth at Arveladze’s disposal.

FLW’s Hull City fan pundit Ant Northgraves mainly agreed with the decision to extend Wilks’ deal due to the 23-year-old’s potential.

Speaking to Football League World, Northgraves said: “The Mallik Wilks one is a bit strange because he was phenomenal last season, scored 22 goals, he’s one of these maverick style players who’s very frustrating because he’s got an abundance of ability and his potential is limitless.

“He’s one of these players who you can tell would eventually become a Premier League standard player, but he doesn’t really seem to apply himself correctly, I think his attitude maybe lacks in some instances.

“A lot of fans probs would’ve been okay to see the back of Wilks this summer, but I think they also wouldn’t have minded if he stays again, because we know how good he can be.

Quiz: Can you name which club Hull City sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

“It’s just maybe going to take the right manager to bring that out, we’re more surprised that he’s staying on because when he came back from injury, Shota Arveladze didn’t really look like he wanted to play him in any way, shape or form.

“Even in the games after safety (was confirmed), he wasn’t really involved.

“It looked like he was a player that he didn’t fancy, but he must have obviously seen the potential that he’s got and hopes that he can bring it out of him next season and with a higher standard of squad, that creates a bit more chances and we can make up for his lack of tracking back and defensive work.

“In terms of it being the right decision, I’d say it’s a sensible decision because if he finds form next season he can become another valuable asset that could be worth money in the future, you wouldn’t really want to see him walk away for free, when you know how good he can be.

“It’s a sensible decision, definitely.”

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“It’s a sensible decision” – Hull City fan pundit reacts as club make call on 23-year-old

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2021 10 20T202359Z 64651578 RC2WDQ9FZ0T5 RTRMADP 3 SOCCER ENGLAND HUL PTU REPORT

This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Terrace Talk’ series, which provides personal opinions from our FLW Fan Pundits regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Hull City experienced a very up and down 2021/22 season but ultimately managed to maintain their Championship status very comfortably.

The Tigers were probably at their best towards the back end of Grant McCann’s reign at the club, which will make it interesting to monitor how they perform after Shota Arveladze has had a full pre-season and transfer window at MKM Stadium.

If Acun Ilicali’s ambition is matched in the transfer market and on the pitch then a season of progress is to be expected in 2022/23, with a top half finish a realistic goal if they can strengthen the squad.

Hull triggered a one-year extension in Mallik Wilks‘ contract last week, to bolster attacking depth at Arveladze’s disposal.

FLW’s Hull City fan pundit Ant Northgraves mainly agreed with the decision to extend Wilks’ deal due to the 23-year-old’s potential.

Speaking to Football League World, Northgraves said: “The Mallik Wilks one is a bit strange because he was phenomenal last season, scored 22 goals, he’s one of these maverick style players who’s very frustrating because he’s got an abundance of ability and his potential is limitless.

“He’s one of these players who you can tell would eventually become a Premier League standard player, but he doesn’t really seem to apply himself correctly, I think his attitude maybe lacks in some instances.

“A lot of fans probs would’ve been okay to see the back of Wilks this summer, but I think they also wouldn’t have minded if he stays again, because we know how good he can be.

Quiz: Can you name which club Hull City sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

“It’s just maybe going to take the right manager to bring that out, we’re more surprised that he’s staying on because when he came back from injury, Shota Arveladze didn’t really look like he wanted to play him in any way, shape or form.

“Even in the games after safety (was confirmed), he wasn’t really involved.

“It looked like he was a player that he didn’t fancy, but he must have obviously seen the potential that he’s got and hopes that he can bring it out of him next season and with a higher standard of squad, that creates a bit more chances and we can make up for his lack of tracking back and defensive work.

“In terms of it being the right decision, I’d say it’s a sensible decision because if he finds form next season he can become another valuable asset that could be worth money in the future, you wouldn’t really want to see him walk away for free, when you know how good he can be.

“It’s a sensible decision, definitely.”

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