Patrick Kluivert has backed Memphis Depay to succeed at Manchester United and feels it is just a matter of time waiting for him to adapt to life in Manchester.
Memphis, 22, has had an underwhelming first season so far at Manchester United having joined from PSV Eindhoven in the summer because he’s so far failed to live up to the expectations he set on himself after shining in the Eredivisie last year.
Although there have been glimpses of his real ability, we’re yet to see that on a consistent basis but Kluivert has no doubts and feels he will go on to be a great player.
Speaking about Memphis, Kluivert said: “Memphis is a player with huge quality and that’s not something you lose, even at times like these,” he said in an interview with Fifa’s official website.
“It’s simply a question of confidence and making the most of your opportunities. He needs time to adapt to a new city and playing style. It’s only his first year and I think he will end up being a success. He’s a great player and will be important to the Netherlands’ future.”
For me, I’m not sure Memphis has the right attitude at the moment. There are certain players who feel that when they join a big club like United that the real work starts and there are others who feel they’ve made it already – from what I’ve seen this year, Memphis falls into the latter group.
I’m a big fan of his but know that he’s got plenty of raw hard work to do on and off the pitch in order to make himself the best he needs to be. He showed that at PSV because they named their entire new gym after him and have his personal bests engraved into every machine to show everybody what level they need to aspire to, and I’m not sure whether he’s brought that same approach over to Manchester.
Next season will be his defining one and I hope he follows in the footsteps of Luke Shaw by having a barnstorming one. With the summer off due to Netherlands not qualifying for Euro 2016, he could undergo a personal fitness regime and head into the pre-season tour a step ahead of everyone else – like Shaw and Januzaj did last year – and that could be the fuel he needs to kick start his United career.