Ian Wright warned Anthony Martial and Odion Ighalo that the arrival of Edinson Cavani could have a negative impact on their performances in training and on the field.
Wright is an admirer of ‘world class’ Cavani and believes he is a useful addition to the squad.
However, he expressed his concerns that there could be a knock-on effect of the Uruguay international coming through the door.
Martial was the clear first-choice striker before Cavani arrived on the scene at Old Trafford this summer but will have to up his game to keep his spot ahead of the veteran Uruguan, who scored 200 goals during seven years at Paris Saint-Germain.
Wright compared Cavani’s arrival to a situation he experienced during his own career, when a young Nicolas Anelka arrived at Arsenal.
After a few training sessions seeing Anelka’s quality up close, Wright sensed the ‘end was nigh’ and his energy changed.
And he warned both Martial and Ighalo they could find themselves in a similar situation now they’re in contention with Cavani.
‘I saw a picture of him the other day,’ he said on his podcast Wrighty’s House. ‘As a striker, I know Anthony Martial and even Ighalo, you see him come in… your whole energy just goes somewhere – it’s not right.
‘I remember when Anelka came in. He was 17 and after the first two sessions of watching somebody of that calibre come in – and I know Cavani is of world class status now but Anelka watching him then – my energy changed because I knew that the end was nigh.
‘Now I’m not saying the end is nigh for Martial and it can’t be with Cavani, with him coming in stopping the gap.’
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