The young superstar Depay has taken the Dutch Eredivisie by storm this season, the striker’s contribution of 21 goals in 28 league appearances played a big part in leading PSV Eindhoven to become champions of Holland for the first time since 2008.However will Depay deliver on the big stage: the Premier League?
Van Gaal’s acquisition of Depay for around twenty-five million pounds came as no real shock after the pair had linked up whilst Van Gaal had been managing the Netherlands. Although, with big stars such as Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria failing to deliver is Memphis Depay really the right signing for the Red Devils? Playing in Holland’s top league is very different to playing in the top tier of English football.
Depay, who has played as an inside forward a lot for PSV this season, doesn’t really seem to have the build to succeed as an attacking forward in the Premiership. Many players have come over to England and failed to deal with the pace the game is played at and the physicality of the beautiful game and I personally think the 21 year old will too.
It will interest fans and pundits alike too see where LVG deploys Depay. Will he play as a winger/inside forward, in the false nine role, or perhaps even convert into a wing back to suit Manchester United’s fluid 3-5-2 system, all this remains a matter of opinion at the moment as to which position would suit him best. In my opinion, Depay would be most suited playing as a false 9, in the hole behind the striker – his form and goal scoring record in Holland prove he has an eye for goal – after all it is hard to forget his wonder goal from 25 yards out in the World Cup.
It also doesn’t seem necessary for Van Gaal to sign another attacking winger for Manchester United but that is another matter – however as mentioned above maybe instead of being played as a winger he will slot in behind the striker in a Trequartista role.
The 2015/2016 will be a big season for the new big money signing, and hopefully all of our thoughts and queries as fans will be cleared up.