Memphis Depay might find himself in the doghouse at Manchester United, but he figures to play a part in the Netherlands’ World Cup qualifying campaign.
The winger played 74 minutes of the Oranje’s 1-0 defeat to France on Monday evening and looked rather impressive.
The 22-year-old was unable to get Danny Blind’s team back into the side, missing a couple of good opportunities in the second half.
Yet he posed a serious threat to French backline, his pace, power and trickery causing problems.
It was certainly a performance that will have got Jose Mourinho thinking back in Manchester.
Memphis has played just 12 minutes of Premier League football this season, failing to establish himself as anything more than a bit-part player.
It’s a shame to see Memphis failing to fulfil his potential. When United paid £25 million to sign him from PSV Eindhoven in 2015, there were murmurs that he could develop into the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
But to mention Memphis in the same sentence as the Real Madrid star today would be almost a criminal offence.
Mourinho will have taken a heavy interest in yesterday’s game because Memphis and Paul Pogba were both in action.
And though it was Pogba who stole the headlines with his stunning 35-yard winner, Memphis showed he is also capable of acts of brilliance with a neat turn in the first half.
Collecting the ball on the left, the winger left Djibril Sidibe for dead with a deft dummy before continuing on his way.
Memphis' individual highlights
Considering how Memphis has been kept under wraps at Old Trafford, to see him express such confidence was pleasing.
He showed genuine frustration after losing, posting a picture to his Instagram page of himself with Pogba post-game with the caption: “Damn… Take it on the chin, and carry on.”
Defeat leaves the Netherlands third in Group A with seven points, three behind the unbeaten Sweden and France.
One positive, though, will have been Memphis’ performance.