When Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez it was hailed as a master-stroke. After all, he is a player with immense natural talent who looks born to play at Old Trafford.
Unfortunately for all concerned, the Chilean has barely prompted a cheer at his new club. Instead he has huffed and puffed, scoring only four goals in 26 games.
As if that was not bad enough for Sanchez, he has watched as Anthony Martial proves his worth.
In truth Martial had nothing to prove. He was on fire prior to Sanchez’s arrival at United and has been shunted aside in favour of the under-performing Chilean.
Not anymore, with Martial un-droppable and Sanchez wondering where his next start is coming. For now he is side-lined through injury. But even when he returns he cannot justify a starting spot ahead of the 22-year-old.
Martial was impressive against Newcastle United and outstanding against Chelsea. He struggled to break down Juventus but most do.
Signed for an initial £36million from Monaco (BBC), Martial is the player United should be building their side around. In contrast, Sanchez is now the Premier League’s highest paid substitute.
Expect him to remain on the bench for a while yet.