It has been reported that Manchester United and Tottenham target Memphis Depay could be nearing on a transfer to the Premier League following news that the Dutchman has been told he ‘has the option to leave’ his current club, PSV Eindhoven.
But what do we know about the ‘new kid of the block’? Does he really have the quality to light up English football?
Who is he?
Depay became known to football fans after his fantastic strike in The Netherlands’ 3-2 defeat of Australia in World Cup 2014. The 21-year-old was also able to find the net for a second time in his team’s following game, a 2-0 victory against Chile.
Though he didn’t get a huge amount of game time under then Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, the Dutchman was impressive when given the chance, and even managed to eventually break through into the starting line-up.
The winger, who can operate on either side, has carried his World Cup form into the domestic season and has been one of PSV’s best players of the current campaign up to now, having managed 15 goals and four assists in 21 league games.
His contribution has seen his club open up an 11 point gap from nearest rivals Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie table.
In addition to this he has scored five times in the Europa League this year, as well as netting twice in 13 games for the Dutch national team.
Just as ever, despite these impressive statistics, there is a certain amount of doubt as to whether Depay would become a Premier League success story, none more so than his ability to adapt to his new surroundings.
Good enough for the Premier League?
English football differs greatly to that of Dutch football, both in quality and style.
First of all the Premier League is a lot more physical. Depay would find himself with a lot less time on the ball, and would be a victim of much tougher challenges.
Secondly, the defensive side of the game is of great importance to all English sides. Questions would be asked about Depay’s willingness to track back and get involved in this significant part of the game.
While there is no doubt than the Dutchman is a fantastically skilful player, and one of the best young prospects in world football, a move towards bringing him to the Premier League would come with a risk.
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