Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has warned Newcastle United amid links with Anthony Martial to St James’ Park.
Even before Martial’s agent spoke out his client’s desire to leave Old Trafford, there was a feeling that the Frenchman was slipping through the cracks at Manchester United.
It goes without saying that Martial has fallen down the pecking order at the club following the reinforcements United have brought in to bolster their attack in the past six months.
But, instead of rising to the occasion, the former AS Monaco youth team graduate has struggled with injuries.
Newcastle are being linked with not only Martial in January, but Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier, who was one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s targets in the summer.
The England international would’ve offered United something different in the final third, hence why Ralf Rangnick seemingly prefers Diogo Dalot to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Cascarino doesn’t believe Martial can give Newcastle United what they need in January to stay in the Premier League.
He told talkSPORT, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News: “Anthony at his best, yes. Anthony at his worst, no. I think there’s a real talent in there that shows what he can do at times. I just don’t think he has the consistency to be a worthwhile player for Newcastle during the second part of the season.
“Kieran Trippier is a great offensive footballer, he’s got a wonderful right foot, he really has. You can even switch him on the left, you can play him either side so I would see that as a versatile full-back that you can utilise and if you can bring someone of that stature and his experience. I thought he was unlucky at the Euros, he didn’t do anything wrong.
“There’s been times at Atletico where he’s shown, he would’ve learned a lot playing abroad and being a better player so I absolutely could give that a thumbs up [a move to Newcastle].”
The Sun claim United’s forgotten man is at the top of their wish-list ahead of the January transfer window.
It is believed the Magpies are prepared to pay £6m to sign Martial on loan until the end of the season.
Newcastle need to do something quick because they are in the middle of a relegation battle under new manager Eddie Howe.