Manchester United have officially completed the signing of Netherlands international Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven. The two clubs had reached an agreement in May, with the transfer fee reportedly £31m. His arrival is a massive boost for Manchester so early in the summer transfer window, as they look to build their squad to out to push for the Premier League title next season after finishing third in 2014-15.
Memphis Depay is a forward who can operate as either a winger or lead the line as a center forward. He has been prolific in front of goal this season, scoring 22 goals in 30 games (including 5 assists) for PSV Eindhoven and leading them to the Eredivisie title. After the lackluster season from big money load signing Radamel Falcao who scored just four goals for Manchester United this season, even half his tally of goals next season will be a big improvement.
van Gaal A Key Factor
Depay’s joins a growing contingent of Dutchmen on the books at United, including Daley Blind (who moved to United from the Eredivisie last season), striker Robin van Persie and manager Louis van Gaal. It was in fact Louis van Gaal who was a key element in Depay’s arrival, the managers presence enough to convince him to choose United over Premier League rivals Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, who had looked to be winning the race to sign the talented forward. Depay told www.manutd.com “This is a dream come true for me, to play for the biggest club in the world and also to have the chance to work with someone who I believe is the best manager in the world, Louis van Gaal.” It was Van Gaal who gave Depay his international debut and who played him at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil where Depay drew much attention and was nominated for the award of the best young player in the tournament. So their special relationship has landed Manchester one of the hottest young prospects in the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo Comparisons
At just 21 years of age, Depay still has much to learn and adapt to the pace and quality of the English Premier League. It’s easy to draw comparisons between Depay and Cristiano Ronaldo after his transfer to Manchester United from Sporting in 2003. Both are pacey wingers who can play through the middle. Ronaldo was tipped as a super-star in the making, but was much younger and without any real top level experience when he arrived at United. Ronaldo scored only 4 league goals for United in his first season, and really took 3 seasons to start to find that next level and consistency to his game which we have now come to admire. Depay on the other hand is a few years older, has won a league title and scored 20+ goals along the way. He has 124 senior appearances for the club, and scored 50 goals along the way. So while some may say he is one ‘for the future’, he’s closer to an end product that Ronaldo was when he arrived at United. That should give United fans plenty of reasons to be optimistic for next season, and see how he develops. Writer Nick Dorrington included Depay as one of the best 5 European-based players aged 21 or younger this season for ESPN, so he’s certainly got the media’s attention – and what better play to become the next Cristiano Ronaldo then the club that Ronaldo made himself a super-star at.
Where will Depay fit in?
His arrival at United, who have an abundance of midfield attacking options already, makes you question where he will fit into their squad. United already have record signing Angel Di Maria, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Nani returning from loan. It’s certainly not guaranteed that he’ll walk straight into the starting 11 in his first season. He may be used as an impact player, a super-sub to terrorize tried defenses late in the game. Or with Falcao returning to Monaco and van Persie potentially moving on, Depay may find himself as a second choice striker with England captain Wayne Rooney. You can be sure that his eye for eye will help United unlock stubborn defenses.
Depay Essentials For FPL Managers
Memphis Depay is going to be a ‘wait and see’ player for Fantasy Premier League Managers in season 2015-16. While he is a proven goal scorer, his playing time at United is not a certainty. Expect his price range to be around the £8-9m mark, similar to that of Adam Lallana after his transfer to Liverpool last summer. If Depay gets time, then he may well get going and be an essential player for your FPL team. Where he plays may also inhibit his points return. He’s clearly a clinical finisher, but if deployed out wide he may struggle to pick up as many points as what he would have from the past Eredivisie season. Pre-season will give us the best indication of how van Gaal will utilize him.
Depay Goals Galore
If you’ve never heard of or seen Depay in action before, where have you been? Take 5 mins to enjoy some of Depay’s best goals for the season.