Everton boss, Ronald Koeman, is reportedly ready to offer Manchester United winger Memphis Depay a route out of Old Trafford. Reports suggest that the Toffee’s are considering a January loan move for the Netherland’s international with his game time under Jose Mourinho being limited.
Depay arrived in England with an incredible amount of hype surrounding him but has unfortunately failed to live up to it to this date, in fact, many United fans would tell you that you are able to count the amount of times he has played well on one hand.
Koeman has revealed that he was eager to bring his fellow countryman to England before he made his switch to Manchester, but knew he had no chance of getting his man, due to the size and stature of United.
“We tried to being him to Southampton but he wanted to stay for one more year at PSV. When United went in for him, we knew at Saints we had no chance. When they (Manchester United) come, we have no chance.”
When the number seven penned the dotted line under Louis van Gaal, he most definitely had potential, some would argue that he still does – however, having potential is one thing, fulfilling it is a complete different story and time is definitely running out for the Dutchman. Mourinho is in the middle of separating the deadwood of the squad from the players he truly believes in and if you judged it by the minutes spent on a football pitch, the 22-year-old is definitely closer to the deadwood side of things.
Some would say it is too soon to give up completely on the former PSV Eindhoven man and he needs to be given some time on the pitch to prove himself, considering the amount the club spent on him, however, he cannot prove himself sitting in the stands or in the bench every week and at this moment in time there’s no justifying giving him a slot on the starting eleven, so perhaps a loan move would be best for all parties involved. Koeman finally gets his man and the player will presumably get some regular game time in order to find some form and possibly save his Red Devils career.
United, on the other hand, can assess Depay and create more of a true reflection of his abilities. If he remains to disappoint every time he laces up his boots or does not portray the star quality Manchester United need, then they have the option of selling him at the end of the season with more of an idea of whether he has the capabilities to succeed elsewhere. Preferably, if a loan move was to happen, a Barclay’s Premier League loan move would be the best option – a loan move to another country may show an untrue reflection of his worth, furthermore, much like Adnan Januzaj, it will allow Mourinho and co to cast more of an eye over his performances.
The Moordecht-born man’s United future remains in the balance, but in my opinion, a loan move could be the only possibly chance for Depay to resurrect his career at Old Trafford.