Arjen Robben has admitted there are similarities between himself and Memphis Depay in that they have both moved to elite clubs after leaving the Eredivisie as young players.
Robben, who moved to Chelsea back in 2004 during Jose Mourinho’s first stint at the club, was asked whether or not Depay’s recent transfer to United was a mirroring move, and the Bayern Munich concurred to a degree, also giving the youngster advice on how he can succeed.
Robben and Depay
The former Blues man talked up the pressure of moving to a big English club at such an early stage of one’s career - as Depay has evidently done - and admitted the winger would have to put extra hours into training if he’s to reach his potential.
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“I was only 21 when I left PSV and went to Chelsea," Robben said to Voetbal International.
“And I went directly from the Eredivisie to an elite club.
“It demands a lot from you as the level and the intensity is much higher [than in the Netherlands].
“The only way to survive is to open your mind to the world of football. You have to give your 100% in every training session to improve your game.”
Big things expected
Indeed United fans are expecting big things from Depay following his arrival from Holland. Finishing as the Eredivisie’s top goalscorer last season the 21-year-old made it clear he was a precocious talent, and Louis van Gaal certainly rates him highly.
Despite the fact he has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League the young forward struck twice during United’s 3-1 victory over Club Brugge last week, and he’s looked lively in the wide areas when moving forward.
One for the future
Whether or not he can grow to become one of Van Gaal’s most important players remains to be seen, though it will probably depend more on how much work he puts in.
He certainly has the talent to turn United into a real force, but he’ll need to ensure distractions don’t get in the way of his development.
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