Anthony Martial can be “as good, if not better than Eden Hazard” after proving his “world-class” pedigree at Manchester United, says Paul Ince.
The dynamic frontman has always been highly regarded, with Louis van Gaal having invested £58 million ($76m) of faith in his potential back in 2015.
Martial netted 17 times in his debut campaign, but he has struggled to find his spark on a consistent basis since Jose Mourinho inherited the reins.
Regular spells on the bench have done little to aid his cause, with questions having been asked of his ability to deliver when required and his long-term future at Old Trafford.
Ince believes a welcome return to form over recent weeks should bring an end to those debates, with a man who missed out on World Cup glory in Russia now back in the France squad and offering enough to suggest that he could become the finest deep-lying forward in the Premier League.
The former United midfielder told Paddy Power of a frontman who still has plenty of improvement to come: “No team will want to face Anthony Martial right now. He’s playing like the player we all knew he was.
“And it’s interesting to see that now Mourinho seems to have found a team and formula that works, the results are coming in.
“He’s their world-class attacking player, the one that can do something special and make things happen when you most need it.
“He’s only 22, and if he carries on in this form, he’ll be as good, if not better than Hazard.”
Martial has some way to go before he can claim to be as influential as Chelsea talisman Hazard, but time is on his side.
He is five years younger than the Blues’ Belgian star and brings different qualities to the fold, with his game all about pace, direct running and a keen eye for goal.
The target has been found five times in his last six appearances, with more of United’s play going through him since the Red Devils were forced to tweak their plans during the injury-enforced absence of out-of-sorts striker Romelu Lukaku.