Anthony Martial trains with Sevilla for the first time
Anthony Martial got his Manchester United loan exit sorted in advance of deadline day.
He joined Sevilla on loan last week while teammates including Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard’s futures are going right down to the final day of the transfer market.
His arrival in Spain generated considerable fanfare but there had been a wait to see him training with his new club for the first time.
That wait is over and Sevilla’s social media accounts uploaded photos of Martial in his new club’s colours getting down to work.
Their next match is away from home against Osasuna on Saturday evening, 24 hours after United return to action in the FA Cup against Middlesbrough.
Sevilla are currently four points behind Real Madrid in the Spanish title race while their weekend opponents sit in 11th, and this should be a winnable game.
It remains to be seen whether Martial goes straight into the starting XI for that one given his recent lack of gametime.
Martial’s substitute appearance against West Ham was his first game since a short substitute cameo in December’s 3-2 win over Arsenal.
He has not started a game since the 2-0 away win against Villarreal. That was the first game Michael Carrick took charge of and his only win.
That game was on November 23rd, which underlines how long it has been since Martial started.
He has played just one full 90 minutes all season, in September’s 1-0 EFL Cup home defeat to West Ham
That shows that his fitness will need building up and it will be interesting to see how Sevilla handle that.
Rangers threw fellow United loanee Amad straight into action on Saturday against Ross County.
He made an instant impact by scoring the opening goal but had to be replaced in the second half owing to a lack of fitness because he just hadn’t had that rhythm of playing matches.
But getting into training is the first step for Martial as he looks to reinvigorate his career in La Liga.
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