- Jun 29, 2010
That’s a bit of a strange argument, for me. I would say none of our current 11 would get into our best teams of yonder, save perhaps Bruno Fernandes but that feels incredibly spurious given he’s played about 12 games so far for us. We’re still a few players away from competing, but the fact Martial has put up adequate numbers so far as the leading number 9 suggests with slightly better supply he’ll be adequate for 20+ goals a season, which is good enough to win titles. I also think it’s interesting you don’t think Rashford could reach the levels of Salah or Mané. In that case he probably won’t get to the level of our best ever wings in Giggs, Ronaldo etc. Does that mean he isn’t good enough? (Fwiw I think he definitely is good enough, before his injury he was putting up bigger numbers than both Salah and Mané!)The question is wrong. The real question is does he look out of place in a a list of strikers who led the line since I have been following us:
The answer is clearly yes, there is no way you can look at him and compare and I don't think there has been a league winner without standout attacker, even if just a fluke season (like Vardy playing out of his skin).
Even players who weren't automatic starters like Ole, Sheringham, Saha, Tevez and Berbatov have proven more. If we want to win stuff then Saha is probably the best comparison in terms of utilising wide forwards like Ronaldo and Rooney (or firmino with Salah and Mane). But with due respect we don't have those two playing either side and it is unlikely we will.
With that in mind I think we deserve a better striker who can strike fear in defenders.