Manchester United’s latest signing Memphis Depay has been slammed by Dutch scout Henk Grim and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.
Grim, who watched Depay on multiple occasions during the winger’s teenage years, was heavily critical of his attitude - saying he would have rated him lower than zero out of 10 for personality if it was possible.
The influential scout called the language Depay used towards his fellow players and people in the crowd “absolutely disgusting” and believes personality is every inch as important as talent when judging a young player.
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“I watched the young Memphis Depay often enough. I was doing scouting work on him when he was playing in the Under-16 side for PSV Eindhoven, and there was this game against FC Twente,” Grim was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “I always work with a list of five specific qualities: skills, tactics, physique, attitude, personality. I did not get any higher with my average ratings than 5.6 out of 10.
"And you know what brought the rating down most of all? The rating for his personality. It is only because of the fact that I could not go any lower than zero out of 10, otherwise I would have rated him well below that.
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“It was absolutely disgusting, the foul language that boy used towards his fellow players and towards people in the crowd.
“I understand a boy can be in a period of having to grow up. With the intensive personal coaching at PSV Eindhoven they have managed to make an okay player of him.’’
Koeman: United paid too much for Depay
Koeman, meanwhile, believes Manchester United have over spent on Depay, who has cost the Red Devils a reported £25 million.
“I think they paid a lot of money,” the Saints’ boss commented. "Because it is United, where they already spent £200m on players like Angel di Maria, such a big figure is put in perspective.
“If you pay millions for Di Maria who hardly plays, if you pay a fortune in wages and rent fee for [on-loan] Radamel Falcao who NEVER plays, than £25m is not a lot of money for them…
“He won’t play every game. I have learnt, while I am here in England, that Dutch players can’t make the jump to the top of the Premier League easily. And young players can’t play 38 games anyway.
“And I see another lack of quality with the Dutch kids, that I have also noticed with other young stars in the Premier League: they don’t communicate! They behave like individuals. Stuck to their smartphones.’’
Worrying words for United fans
The words of both Koeman and Grim will make worrying reading for Manchester United fans, who are excited at the prospect of watching the self-confident winger showcasing his skills at Old Trafford next season.
The 21-year-old is expected to make his Manchester Unite debut on July 17, when Louis van Gaal’s men take on Club America in Seattle.
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