By Andy Hyslop
- Memphis arrived in the summer from PSV
- Handed the famous No.7 shirt at Old Trafford
- Question marks have been raised over the Dutchman’s attitude
Memphis Depay arrived at Old Trafford in the summer after help PSV win the Dutch title and he was the top-scorer in the Dutch league.
Hailed as the next big thing to come out of Holland. He has had a poor start to his Old Trafford career and been part of a Dutch team that has failed to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since the European Championships in 1984.
Memphis has struggled to adapt to the Premier League, only managing one goal in his eight league games so far. that being a tap-in against winless Sunderland.
He has been hauled twice in game at half-time. The first occasion came in United’s home win over Liverpool. When he was replaced by Ashley Young, after United had dominated play but failed to create any clear-cut chances.
Then in United’s last league game at Arsenal. Memphis was hauled off at half-time again. With United 3-0 down and Memphis failing to track back and help out Ashley Young. Who was filling at left-back.
With Arjen Robben missing, the Netherlands were looking to Memphis to step-up. But he has failed to do so, with Holland finishing fourth in their qualifying group for the Euro’s next summer. Meaning Memphis and United team-mate Blind will have the summer off. While a host of United players will be in France for the tournament.
Does Memphis believe he is already one of the world’s top starts without proving it. Former Dutch International Youri Mulder has suggested that United may be losing patience with Memphis before his United career has even begun.
Surely if Memphis is going to be a success at Old Trafford, he needs to knuckled and prove to Van Gaal that he is worth a place in the starting line-up on a regular basis. If he carries to perform as he has done, before long he will find himself out of the team.