If anyone has to see what a difference a year makes into football, just see Memphis Depay. A year ago he was the hottest prodigy in World football and 1 year gone, he is not even able to make it into the first team at Manchester United or Netherlands national team.
Hailed as the next David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo to bring justice to United’s legendary no. 7, he was laden with high expectations and it looked as if he carries that confidence in himself to pull it off too, but things haven’t gone as everyone and he himself would’ve planned off.
At PSV, in his last season he racked up 20+ goals and assists and hit most no. of goals through free-kicks in whole of Europe, at United even his dead ball skills have faded. Maybe, all this because of the pressure that comes when you don the United shirt or it was down to LVG’s football, where he couldn’t really express himself and faded away.
The Dutchman has been criticised for a varying no. of reasons but to have earned his move to Manchester United there can be few questions over his resilience and his talent. The most frustrating thing about his current predicament is that at his very best, he should be a remarkable asset and is completely able to turn the game on it’s head, which he has shown at United too in a rare stint of some great football by him last season. He has the versatility to play anywhere across the line in a front three, the acceleration to unsettle most defences on the counter-attack and the power behind his shooting to punish teams who sit too deep, he has bags of trick up his sleeves to kill any defender’s career(not literally). Yet of late, he has looked ponderous in possession and extremely short of confidence. He looses the ball as if he never wanted it at the first place and often seem to be just walking around rather than labouring himself behind the ball.
But, even after the dismal start to his life at Manchester United, he can still have a career at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho said that he sees him in his plans and will look to utilise him.
Memphis himself said that he feels like a “loaded gun” and is raring to have a go now. He should be prepared to take whatever chances come his way now. Mourinho is still not settled with his best starting line up and there’s still scope for him at English record champions.
Memphis carries that ability in himself and Mourinho needs to trust the player in him or the growing frustration will make him forget what a great talent lies underneath.