Although much was expected of Memphis Depay when he made his big money switch to the English top-flight, the 22-year-old Netherlands international has proven an undoubted disappointment, and now his future at Manchester United looks anything but secure already.
Whilst several high profile stars in the past have needed transitional periods to adapt to the hustle and bustle of the Premier League, the modern game simply doesn’t allow for such a luxury, especially at a club with such ambitious expectations as Man United.
So then, as the bosses behind the scenes at Old Trafford are reportedly running out of patience with the former Eredivsie favourite, must the Red Devils look to part ways with Depay before his situation becomes truly untenable, or is it just a matter of time before the quick-footed Dutch attacker finally makes his mark in the Premier League?
Well, even in the eyes of the most optimistic of Manchester United supporters watching their team in 2015/16, the growing situation at Old Trafford doesn’t look all that bright for the man who nonetheless cost his current employers close to £25m just a short matter of months ago.
Whilst the ex-PSV Eindhoven star clearly seemed like a promising asset across large portions of the 2014 World Cup for his native Netherlands, as well as throughout the previous domestic season in his homeland, this is one player who has most definitely failed to set the Premier League alight.
Depay has simply looked lost out on the pitch on far too many different occasions, his most effective playing position arguably hasn’t been chanced upon by Louis van Gaal, and although the 22-year-old attacker has indeed shown glimpses of talent for Manchester United here and there this season , his overall impact at Old Trafford has been rather frustrating to say the very least.
With Jose Mourinho largely expected to take the reins from Van Gaal, it remains somewhat difficult to envisage Depay being offered another chance to finally prove himself in front of the Red Devils faithful for a sustained period of time. Mourinho will likely want to source his own carefully selected range of attackers for Man United next season, which simply doesn’t bode well for the under-performing Depay in the cold light of day.
The former PSV star has expressed very little of composure when it has really mattered for his current employers, his ability to produce the final ball in dangerous situations has let his respective team-mates down on more than the odd occasion, and as for his effectiveness in front of goal and in one on one situations… perhaps the less said about that the better!
Although Depay could theoretically begin to hit the ground running for Man United when EURO 2016 eventually reaches its natural conclusion this summer, it nonetheless remains hard to imagine the Red Devils offering the flying wide-man a guaranteed first team place next term within the grand scheme of things. The upcoming summer transfer window will likely include several high profile acquisitions for the long-standing Premier League club, especially among the often heavily criticised Old Trafford striking department.
So then, on the basis of such thinking alone Manchester United may as well look to recoup some of the £25m they lavishly splashed out on Memphis Depay at the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign, simply because he has offered so little so far.