Arrogance and confidence are two character traits which can so often be mistaken for each other and new signing Memphis Depay has certainly got some real self belief in his own ability.
However, Dutch journalist Thijs Slegers has defended the 21-year-old and insisted his life up until this point has grounded him with a work ethic and confidence that are all justified.
Speaking about Depay, Slegers said: “The way Memphis was brought up has given him a fearless style to his playing. He has respect for his opponents but he does not fear them.
“When there is a road, he will take it and he doesn’t take no for an answer. I remember being at PSV’s summer training camp at La Manga when Memphis first joined up with the first-team squad at 16 years of age. What we saw there was a very confident young boy who was thinking ‘let me play in the first team’.
“Three years later he became a regular in the side and he has continued to prove he has been able to raise the bar every time he has a new challenge. That’s why I think he will succeed in the Premier League.”
There’s nothing wrong with confidence in any player as long as they can put in the sort of performances to justify it and that is Depay’s greatest task when he arrives this summer.
By the looks of it, least not his performance against USA in last week’s friendly, Depay has a direct style of play and that will bring such a needed change to United’s wingers from last season.
That being said, no longer will he be the focus of attention at his club, instead he becomes one player in a squad of real talent and hopefully that transition is something Depay is able to deal with.