All you need to know about Memphis Depay

Depay is widely regarded as one of the best young players in Europe, and there is certainly a lot of substance behind the hype. This season Depay netted 21 goals in 28 appearances – not to bad for a player who isn't even used as an out-and-out attacker by PSV.

The 21-year-old was born in Moordrecht in the Netherlands and joined PSV Eindhoven's youth system in 2006 aged 12, having previously turned out for home town club Moordrecht as well as Sparta Rotterdam. He made his first senior appearance for PSV in a cup match in 2011 aged 17, but had to wait until 2012 to make his Eredivisie debut.

Depay made 20 league appearance for the club in the 2011/12 season, but his real breakthrough came in the following campaign when he scored 15 goals in 32 appearances as PSV finished fourth in the Eredivisie.

The winger turned out for the Netherlands in every age group from under-15 up, and made his senior debut against Turkey in October 2013. He was selected for the Dutch squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and became the youngest player ever to score for Oranje in the World Cup when he netted against Australia at the age of 20 years and four months.

Depay's childhood has been described as being a bit "wild", and on joining PSV he was given a life coach who described him as "very angry". Known for his rebellious attitude, Depay says that he is a dreamer, and appropriately, has the words "dream chaser" tattooed on his chest.

Eredivisie stats:

2012/13
Appearances: 20
Minutes played: 492
Goals: 2
Minutes per goal: 246
Assists: 3

2013/14
Appearances: 32
Minutes played: 2703
Goals: 12
Minutes per goal: 225.25
Assists: 7

2014/15
Appearances: 28
Minutes played: 2394
Goals: 21
Minutes per goal: 114
Assists: 4

What the experts say:

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

"For him it's a fantastic move. He has had a great season and last season made the step up to be a senior player, not a junior player.He still has to develop himself. It will be tough for him because the Premier League is tough in a physical and mental way.

"It's a big step for him. But he's a great talent, a fast player and a very good signing for Manchester United."

Thijs Slegers from Voetbal International magazine:

"He has a lot of qualities suited to the Premier League. He is fast, he is strong, and so he can win the sprint duels with almost anyone. Mentally he is strong.

"His technique is OK, not impressive but OK. Sometimes in the last phase he lacks a little bit with his decision making."

Netherlands head coach Guus Hiddink: 

"Depay has the potential to become Netherlands' best player. I've noticed that he has even more potential than I first thought now that I'm working with him. He is incredibly interested and keen to learn.

Former Netherlands defender Arjan de Zeeuw: 

"It's a massive step, but I think he'll do well. People regard him as a little bit arrogant, a little bit cocky, but I think he is a very good player, a very promising player, a very strong, very quick player and he's got some skill.

"He's been the player of the season really in Holland. He stood out for PSV, he's been the main guy who got them the championship this year – without him they would have struggled."

See for yourself…

He's a dreamer…

 

And something a little different…

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