As soon as the January transfer market opens, Memphis Depay may see himself out of Manchester United and as reports state his possible destination might be Everton, along with teammate Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Dutch is struggling to find a place in Jose’s Starting XI and in the last games hasn’t even made the bench and as some reports say this was a precaution from the manager, as he doesn’t want him to get injured and miss the chance to get rid of him in January. The Manchester United winger was hopeful that with a new manager in town he would have the chance to show what he is capable of, but it’s the manager himself that doesn’t consider the Holland International part of his plans anymore.
After blocking a possible transfer move in August, with the manager being impressed by Memphis, it seems that the Mourinho has become impatient as his only true actions have come outside the football pitch with the player creating news for his fancy car or his actions.
It was the Everton manager Ronald Koeman who admitted that his club was keen on signing Memphis:
“I would like to have him. I think he is an interesting player. He has great individual qualities. He just needs to play games.”
The former Southampton manager also admitted that he tried to sign Memphis when was still part of PSV and when United wanted him, there was no doubt that his destination would be United:
“We tried to bring him to Southampton but he wanted to stay for one more year at PSV. When United went in for him, we knew at Saints that we had no chance. When they come, we have no chance.”
Since joining United Memphis hasn’t lived up the expectations everyone had on him, even becoming an issue at United. It was the player that was shown happy for playing under Mourinho and the fact that he was actually being impressive was a hint things might have changed for him, but no. With Mourinho in charge, Memphis has made four substitute appearances in the Premier League and three others in the Europa League. His only start of the season is in the EFL Cup. He hasn’t managed to score any assist or score a goal so far.
It cannot be said that Memphis hasn’t had his chances under Jose. The manager did show that he had faith in him after keeping him for the new season and was expecting at least some decent appearances from the Dutch. What has he done so far? The player has reportedly underperformed during training sessions, leaving Mourinho unsatisfied from what he has seen and this explains the lack of games this season. Memphis is, however, responding differently than we have all expected. He has posted videos on Snapchat of his personal training sessions, but this hasn’t helped his cause at all.
What’s more strange when it comes to the Dutch footballer is that he doesn’t seem to bother anymore. He is now even spending time with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, growing the rumours that an agreement is close or has been reached between two clubs. Here what he said in that controversial video:
“What’s up, guys? We’re done we don’t talk too much, just getting my work done, and waiting. Let’s get this.”
The social media activity is the only activity Memphis has done during this season, posting supportive pictures towards the club, workout videos saying that he is waiting for something, but hasn’t done anything that is worth discussing for in the football pitch.
Even when he has played his performances has been poor, not bringing what the manager has ordered him to do so, growing frustration among United fans that he isn’t capable of changing the game when United are in difficulty. His departure may create space for the likes of Andreas Pereira and Adnan Januzaj, both of whom have been on loan as there was no space for them within the first team. Both of them have done well so far, especially the Brazilian who may return early from his loan spell at Granada after his impressive performances in La Liga this season.
A lot of positive things may come if he leaves and his move is pleasant for most of the fans who don’t want to see their club pay a player that is only warming the bench or in the last games not featuring at all in 18-man squad.
Maybe he will manage to succeed at Everton as his compatriot Ronald Koeman may get the best out of him but at United he will be considered a flop that never lived up expectations due to his laziness and not bothering to do something for his football career, going from a talented youngster to a flop.