After his £30 million move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, Memphis Depay was seen as the man to help lead Manchester United into a bright new era and, perhaps, Premier League glory.
Instead, the winger has yet to impress at OId Trafford and finds himself out of favour under manager Louis van Gaal.
United’s big money move for Depay was always going to be a gamble; paying anywhere near £30 million for a player from the Eredivisie, one of Europe’s weaker leagues, was always going to be a risk.
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There have been plenty of players in the past who have moved from the Netherlands to the Premier League and never recreated their best form.
For every Ruud van Nistelrooy or Luis Suarez, there is a Jozy Altidore or an Alfonso Alves. The latter pair were both bought for big money fees yet never made the grade in the Premier League. Depay needs to make sure he doesn’t join the list of big money flops.
He's well on his way to doing so, however. In the 15 Premier League matches he has played a part in for Manchester United, they have lost five; in the four games the 21-year-old hasn’t been involved in, the Red Devils are unbeaten.
Depay has scored just two league goals for United - not what you would expect from a man previously renowned for his goalscoring exploits. As a winger, it's the Dutchman's job to provide assists too, yet he hasn't registered an assist this season.
At times he has been more of a hindrance to his side than a helper. His hopeless header back to David de Gea led to Bojan Krkic's opener for Stoke City on Boxing Day, a game that would end 2-0 to the Potters.
His off-field antics have also caused controversy, with rumours suggesting he has turned up late for training on more than one occasion after being seen out late the night before. There are suggestions the youngster has spoken to Ryan Giggs about his behaviour, but that doesn't seem to have paid off.
In fairness to Depay, he has performed well in the Champions League, chipping in with three goals in eight games. However, with United out of the competition, this ultimately counts for nothing.
At 21, there is still time for Depay to pay back his transfer fee, but he must start doing it soon to help bring United out of their rut.
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