“Depay walks around like he has won 10 European Cups. This attitude … what’s it all about?” - Ronald Koeman
Well from the sound of things he can walk the walk but can he talk the...wait something's not right.
Poorly executed sayings aside, I tell you why it might be worth placing a cheeky tenner on United's new boy Memphis Depay winning PFA Young Player of the Year in his first season at the club.
Confidence is like an aftershave, the right amount and you're bound to score, however too much of the stuff and you'll have the ladies choking towards the door. From what we've read about Depay particularly from Dutch football he certainly seems to exude it.
But this isn't necessarily a bad thing, the greatest players all need that added confidence to try things lesser players won't.
If you think Depay's attitude might work against him when it comes to the voting for PFA Young Player of the Year, just remember Cristiano Ronaldo won the award in the 06/07 campaign and nobody liked Ronaldo in 2006. I mean can you blame them? He was a right winker.
The point is talent in undeniable and as long as you're doing the business on the pitch you can afford an extra squirt or two.
Goals, goals, goals
The greatest measure of a forwards ability is his goals tally. Depay notched 22 of them for PSV last season and thinks he would've got 15 had he been playing for United last season. That would've made him their top scorer, one above club captain Rooney and is yet another example of Depay's cockiness.
He seems a man obsessed with goals as he revealed he was comparing his goals tally with the likes of Neymar and Robben during different stages of last season. This combined with United's lack of forward options means he could bag plenty of goals for the reds this season.
It is also worth noting that during pre-season Depay has been deployed in a more central role, behind Rooney as the main striker and is also sporting the number nine shirt. If Louis van Gaal persists with this throughout the season, it would most certainly increase Depay’s chances of scoring.
The former PSV man ended United’s preseason with just the solitary goal however did look impressive, and getting a full preseason under his belt can only help his chances of gelling with his new team mates.
Style of play
Depay is very much a modern forward, fitting the Ronaldo mould. Right footed operating on the left flank; he likes to drift inside and unleash a devastating shot. And he will shoot from anywhere - I'm talking any distance, any angle.
Blessed with blistering pace, great physique and fantastic technical ability he seems perfect for the fast paced Premier League. Rooney is top dog for free-kicks at the moment, but let's not forget he spent years whispering "let us have this one Ron?" in Ronaldo's ear during each dead ball situation, only to see Ronaldo shoot.
Therefore we could see him step aside at some point to allow Memphis to demonstrate his deadly free kick accuracy. Despite his style of play being geared towards goals however he does have an eye for a pass and is a good crosser of the ball, which could see him get a few assists.
All of the above considered, Depay possesses the credentials to really challenge for PFA Young Player of the year and I tip him to win the prestigious accolade.
Predictions Goals: 10-15
PFA Young Player of the Year
Do you think Depay can join the likes of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard by winning the award? If not who will challenge him this season? Leave your opinion in the box below!