Anthony Martial is enjoying the most prolific season of his career right now.
It is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to see when he assigned Martial back his favoured number nine shirt, and entrusted him to be Manchester United’s main striker.
Martial has repaid United by scoring 22 goals in all competitions, despite missing two months of action with injury.
Now figures released via Opta show Martial this season has a better shots to goal rate than World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe.
BBC Sport also show that Martial has a better percentage of shots on target (68 per cent) than any player who has scored 10 goals or more.
But it is Martial’s ranking against his French peers which will really please him.
Too often overlooked
Martial’s inconsistency stretch at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho led to him frequently being overlooked by France at international level.
Despite making his international debut for Les Bleus back in 2015, Martial has a paltry 18 caps for his country.
He was snubbed for France’s World Cup 2018 squad, missing out on a winner’s medal as a result.
Didier Deschamps has not given him much of a fair shake lately, and his last appearance came in March 2018.
His form picked up in February and March and there was a chance he would have earned a recall, had international football dates not been postponed.
But we will never know whether he would have made the cut this summer for Euro 2020.
Now with a little more momentum behind him, Martial is putting himself in a strong position to make France’s team for Euro 2021 next summer.
The way he is proving to be more potent in front of goal than Kylian Mbappe speaks volumes, and several of his rivals do not have age on their side.
Olivier Giroud, Alexandre Lacazette and Wissam Ben Yedder are all in or nearly in their 30s, and by next summer, it will be even harder for them to keep pace with Martial.
Moussa Dembele has strong credentials of his own, but is also unproven at the top level, as is young Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard.
This is Anthony Martial’s time, and another strong season next year could see him rise to prominence back in France’s set up.
He deserves his spot as recognition for the performances he has been putting in for Manchester United. If a Les Bleus recall happens for him, it will validate the performances he has been delivering.
He deserves it, and the chance to star at Euro 2021 for France is likely to spurs him on next season to replicate his prolific form.