France coach Didier Deschamps has urged Manchester United forward Anthony Martial to improve and show more consistency as he continues to develop football career.
So far the 20-year-old has had subdued start to the season with the Red Devils which is in contrast to his debut season where he was on fire, scoring 11 premier league goals under former manager Louis van Gaal.
However, the player who was signed from Monaco last summer was angry at the club for taking away his no.9 jersey and handing it to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has also taken the league by storm.
Although, Martial has supplied two assists already this season, Deschamps believes he can do more because of his amazing abilities.
“Anthony started the season very early. He’s already played a lot in a system that is slightly different to ours,” Deschamps said of Martial, who only started one of France’s seven matches at Euro 2016.
“He needs to be more consistent, despite his qualities. He can make the difference in a game because he’s a fast and powerful player who can score and assist. At this age, even if he has already proved a lot, he has to go through that stage. He has to maintain a certain level of performance for some weeks, some months.
“He’s played a lot, he’s the one who played the most last season and that’s why he was a little unfit at the European Championship. He has a lot of qualities. I’ve already told him that so he is aware, but he must push himself a little harder sometimes.
“It’s his state of mind. He’s like that so he needs to battle a little with himself. He needs to get stronger in order to maintain his level on a long run.”
France will play Italy in an international friendly on Thursday and five days later engage Belarus in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.