Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Can Depay revive his career away from Manchester United?

Dutch winger Memphis Depay is out-of-favour at Manchester United and could move on in January

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been very clear in the fact Dutch international winger Memphis Depay can leave the club in January if he so wishes.

However, the Portuguese boss has also stated that the Dutchman will not be leaving on loan.

He will only leave the Manchester club if somebody meets the Red Devils valuation. Unfortunately for the Dutchman, it seems that could be slightly tricky. Everton have been heavily linked with a move for the winger.

It seems that Toffees want a try before you buy deal and have Depay on loan until the end of the season. Italian giants AC Milan are also believed to be interested in signing Depay.

However, they are unwilling to meet United’s valuation of the player and also want the forward on a temporary basis. Oh my how his stock has fallen in the last 18 months.

Where did it all go wrong for Memphis?

Memphis Depay joined Manchester United in the summer of 2015 from PSV Eindhoven for an initial fee of £25million. That summer the winger had the world at his feet. He had inspired PSV to the Eredivisie title and his career was about to take a major upward turn with a move to United.

Well, so he must have thought. He arrived at United, as hot property, but he has been out in all cold for virtually Jose Mourinho’s entire career as Red Devils boss. Even prior to Mourinho’s arrival, the youngster struggled with the step-up to Manchester United.

He struggled for game time and his confidence seemed to have been affected by not being regarded as a big player. Suddenly he was a small fish in a big pond and his career has taken a nosedive.

Undoubtedly talented player

Memphis Depay is an undoubtedly talented player. However, for some reason, it has not worked out for him at United. There have been suggestions that he has a poor attitude and is more concerned about his profile than his performances.

However, Mourinho has dismissed reports of a poor attitude and praised Depay in the past for his professionalism. Maybe the step-up from the Eredivisie to a club like United with all the pressure that brings was too much for him mentally.

Maybe a move to Everton would bring the best out of the winger. He would not be under the same sort of pressure on Merseyside as in Manchester. He could then get on with what he is supposed to do and play football.

What does the future hold for Memphis Depay?

Jose Mourinho has suggested that Depay may stay in Manchester beyond the January transfer window. However, the Portuguese boss has already stated the Dutchman is not in his plans, as the Red Devils attempt to clinch a top-four spot, which they are odds of 1/1 to achieve this season.

At just 22-years-old Depay must be frustrated to not even be involved in United’s squads. He should be playing week in and week out and develop his game. Instead, he is left to waste away at United. He is still young as a footballer and could develop majorly given the game time.

Memphis Depay and Manchester United have been a terrible fit for each other. The youngster cost a lot of money and it seems that he just was not ready to be a superstar at 21 in the Premier League.

For me, Depay would definitely be successful at a different club. He is a guy with so many positive attributes and seemingly natural ability. If anything his spell at United may well have brought him down to earth a little.

Depay’s next move could be career defining, so he should choose his next carefully. However, at the moment beggars can’t be choosers and for the sake of his career, Depay will need to move in the near future.

Can Depay revive his career away from Manchester United?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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