France manager Didier Deschamps says Manchester United striker Anthony Martial will eventually play as a lone striker for the national team. The 19-year-old, who joined United on transfer deadline day in one of the biggest deals of the summer, has enjoyed a sublime start to life at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in his first four appearances and swiftly establishing himself as the club's first choice striker.
Martial's excellent start to life in the Premier League earned him a call up to Deschamps's France squad for recent friendlies with Armenia and Denmark. He was handed a full debut in the latter, starting on the left of a front three alongside Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann.
The youngster needed little time to make his presence felt, providing an assist for Giroud's opener just four minutes into the contest, while going on to be named man of the match in a 2-1 win. While all his appearances for Les Blues have come on the left, Deschamps sees the former Monaco prospect moving inside to take up a central role.
"I think Martial is best suited as a lone striker, Deschamps said, as quoted by United's official website. "Even though he also played on the left flank at Monaco. Anthony has the capacity to play in both roles. He has quality with his pace and his ability to go past the opponent and that brings a bit of variety to our game.
"It was a good performance from him, a very interesting one with a lot of play in terms of movement and take-ons. He still has a few things to improve upon but he created very interesting situations for us."
Martial's instant impact for United saw him named the PFA fans' player of the month for September, while his stunning debut goal against Liverpool was named United's goal of the month.