Manchester United midfielder Memphis Depay was an unused substitute as the Netherlands beat Wales 3-2 in their international friendly.
Memphis’ selection in the squad itself was a controversial decision, after Dutch manager Danny Blind criticised the young winger. Blind felt that Memphis was not being enough of a team player and, after his side failed to qualify for the European Championships, seemed to decide that the Man United man was surplus to requirements.
However, Depay was chosen to be part of the squad for the friendlies against Wales and Germany but failed to get on the pitch against the Welsh. It would have been a huge confidence boost for Memphis to continue to be selected for the national team even when not playing for his club but the lack of involvement could prove to be detrimental.
The former PSV Eindhoven man will know he has his work cut out for him if he wants to be playing regular football again. With Arjen Robben back from injury, competition for places in teh national team has increased even further and Depay finds himself low down in the pecking order at United as well. It is clear he has a lot to do on both fronts and it is all up to him to try and work his way back into both manager’s thinking.
Memphis has shown glimpses of what he is capable of but a lack of consistency has meant he has fallen out of favour both domestically and internationally. He will be hoping for the chance to impress against Germany and Depay will know that any time he gets on the pitch must be made the most of in order to get his season back on track.