Manchester United last week agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven for Dutch wonder kid Memphis Depay. Subject to the completion of a medical when the transfer window opens United will confirm the signing and will be pleased to have beaten some of their Premier League rivals to such a talented player.
The forward has been linked heavily with Liverpool in recent times as well as briefly being linked with Tottenham and PSG. Sources say that the deal is for a four year contract and United will pay PSV somewhere around £25-30 million to finalise the agreement. He will bring a range of attributes to United including pace, power and skills with the always important ability to score goals.
Depay at PSV
His record for PSV of 38 goals in 88 appearances is not the most impressive, but his age needs to be taken into account as he is only 21 and 28 of these goals have come this season. There have been a lot of comments from a variety of different managers and people that have played with or worked with the player about how he will adapt to England and the talent he possess.
One of the main plus points for Depay is his ability to play across a front three or in the number 10 role. He is able to play as a solo striker, right or left winger or behind a striker. His most common position is on the left, where he likes to cut inside and try to get a shot off. With Van Gaal often employing a 4-3-3 this season may favour him as it would allow him to play in his favoured left wing position.
In the past
He made his senior debut in the 2011/12 season and made eight appearances as a substitute, scoring three goals and registering one assist. The following season he made 20 appearances, but again most of these were from the bench and only two games were starts. That term he scored two goals and contributed three assists.
The following year was his first chance to make consistent appearances (32 in total) as he started 32 matches, contributing 12 goals and seven assists. As mentioned his best season has been the current campaign, where he has made 28 appearances and scored 21 goals with four assists.
Van Gaal familiarity
Arguably for a winger four assists over the course of a season so far isn't the best record. This is an area that could be improved on in his time with United to make him a more complete wide man. If he can add this to his game and maintain his scoring ability he could be a big future asset for the Red Devils.
He has already been to a World Cup, making appearances for Louis van Gaal's Dutch side in Brazil last year, even managing to score two goals. The move to United will re-unite him with Van Gaal and may be the beginning of a special career as he competes in one of Europe's toughest leagues and also the Champions League.
Changing of the guard?
The next thing to think about is what is arrival means for Angel Di Maria and Adnan Januzaj. Di Maria has been linked with a move to PSG in recent times and the arrival of Depay could pave the way for a move for the struggling Argentinian, who has yet to really adapt to the Premier League.
Januzaj on the other hand could be loaned out to gain first team experience and could still play a part for United in the future.
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