As every World Cup seemingly brings with it a vast array of world class talent for football fans to enjoy, last summer’s tournament certainly proved to be an exciting showcase for young global stars in particular. Former Manchester United starlet Paul Pogba and his French teammate Raphael Varane, confidently displayed promising signs for the future of French football – even if their side somewhat underachieved – yet Holland’s Memphis Depay simply stole the show in regards to what young players can really achieve.
The 21-year-old finished the competition one game away from the final, but with two goals scored against Australia and Chile respectively. The PSV starl may not have completely set the World Cup alight, as very few players his age rarely do, but the attacking midfielder nevertheless put his talents in the Premier League shop window to great effect.
As a result of the Dutchman’s impressive World Cup campaign, The Metro reports that both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are apparently ready to battle it out for the PSV No. 7, with a summer transfer likely to be on the cards. With regard to the potential for such a transfer, which Premier League team would suit the Dutch talent best? And will Memphis Depay ultimately prove a hit in the English top flight?
The 21-year-old PSV starlet certainly seems to have the right attitude to make it on these shores. His game brings with it bags full of confidence, an ability to run at defenders and leave them trailing in his wake, as well as an exceptional talent for scoring goals. Depay leads the Eredivisie goal tally charts with an impressive 15 finishes already in 2014/15, many of which flying into the back of the net with great style and finesse.
The youngster’s goalscoring exploits, along with a tidy contribution from former Newcastle loanee Luuk de Jong, have seen PSV successfully rise to the top of the Dutch league over the likes of Ajax and Feyenoord. Philip Cocu’s impressive looking outfit lead the Eredivisie by over 10 points in what has so far been a golden campaign for the Eindhoven based side.
Depay’s Dutch roots would perhaps put Manchester United in the lead due to the fact that they’re managed by van Gaal. The newly appointed manager at Old Trafford may not be short of attacking talent in his expensively assembled side, but a player of Depay’s potential still wouldn’t go amiss in any Premier League team. Alongside Dutch teammates Robin van Persie and Daley Blind, as well as with high profile players such as Angel Di Maria, the 21-year-old winger could certainly add something to this already strong looking Red Devils outfit.
He would, however, face stiff competition for a first team place. As Memphis Depay is the type of player who needs game time at this stage in his career, Manchester United and their whole host of expensive talents simply may not be the best place for the young talent to develop his game. His proposed arrival at Old Trafford could also spell the end for the likes of James Wilson and Adnan Januzaj, who are already finding game time hard to come by.
Tottenham Hotspur could potentially give the highly valued PSV star more of a solid role within their ambitious setup and therefore offer Memphis Depay a better opportunity for his future career. Alongside former Ajax star Christian Eriksen, as well as the likes of Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and of course Harry Kane; the 21-year-old could really fit in at White Hart Lane and provide the Spurs faithful with a great deal of excitement in their future endeavours. As the London club have failed to establish many of their most recent foreign imports into their plans however, perhaps success at Tottenham would not be guaranteed for Memphis either.
In light of such notions, the Netherlands starlet should certainly apply a degree of caution when considering any high profile move to the Premier League. Nothing can be taken for granted in English football, and as many even more promising stars have arrived on these shores and failed to live up to their potential. As Memphis Depay really has proved to be an impressive talent so far however, a move to new pastures may be all that it is required to make this currently promising player into one of the world’s very best.