Manchester United have acquired the services of Memphis Depay, pending a medical, for a reported fee of £25 million.
Memphis Depay will link up with his new team-mates when the transfer window opens in June and it is strongly believed that Louis van Gaal’s relationship with the player contributed heavily to his choice of United over the many other suitors. The 20-times champions of England were first linked with the young winger back in August after Louis van Gaal had joined Manchester United and he is known to have contacted Depay in person to tell him of his desire for the youngster to join Manchester United the following season.
WHO IS HE?
Memphis Depay is a Dutch international 21 year old left winger. He has spent his entire professional career at PSV Eindhoven and broke onto the scene at last years Brazilian World Cup. He is a strong, direct and very athletic player who possesses a deadly free-kick and a keen eye for a through ball. Two goals in his first World Cup and a place in the Dutch starting 11 for their Quarter-Final shows as much about his new manager’s belief in him as it does about his abundance of talent.
This season in the Eredivisie he has gone on to score 21 goals in 28 games and will most probably earn the league’s Golden Boot as well as a championship medal. He is currently averaging over five shots a game whilst creating multiple chances for team-mates from his wide attacking role. It can be argued that the Premier League will of course be a giant step up but with his strength, power and experience at the top level, in the shape of a World Cup the future looks bright for the Moordecht born man.
WHERE WILL HE FIT IN
Louis van Gaal is a known admirer of the 3-5-2 system, although deemed as a failure during his first season in England it would not be a surprise if he was to spend their relatively idle pre-season drumming the formation into his team. If this were the case then Depay is the perfect buy, having been deployed at the much maligned left wing-back role in the World Cup he is extremely familiar with the position, how to play it and what demands it possesses.
Angel di Maria is rumoured to be unsettled and potentially on his way out of the Manchester club and with Adnan Januzaj struggling to adapt to the new managers system it could mean the Depay gets his chance straight away. Noturiously a forward thinking, dangerous player his biggest contribution will of course be what he can do up the pitch but van Gaal has faith in his ability to execute his role to a high level and of course correctly.
He is confident on the ball and can take it past a defender with his quick feet and fantastic acceleration. His defensive contribution is also known to be excellent and his discipline is in line with that too, he is also a good decision maker allowing him to be the most successful dribbler in the division last season as well as the ability to shoot from distance very accurately. Many more lines in the media will be dedicated to him in the coming weeks but the most glowing accolade is the predication that he will one day match or even eclipse the likes of Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo.
'SIGN, SEALED AND READY FOR DELIVERY'
After being pursued by multiple Premier League giants Memphis Depay has chosen the club coached by his former national mentor and it is no surprise really. The price tag is farely hefty for someone of such a young age but then with the cash that United have been splashing the last few seasons the price may have been hiked a little. Football lovers are all waiting to see what the player can bring to Manchester United and the Premier League, if ones thing is for certain it proves that the English game can still attract the top talents.