Memphis Depay was in good spirits whilst training with the Netherlands ahead of World Cup qualifiers in the upcoming week.
The Dutchman was excluded from Danny Blind’s first Netherlands side back in early September after failing to impose himself on Manchester United’s starting XI.
However, despite only featuring sporadically under Mourinho, has been given a chance to impress on the international stage against Belarus and France.
Memphis took to social media earlier today, expressing his delight at the prospect of resuming his Netherlands career after a difficult few months.
— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) October 4, 2016
A general rule of thumb when it comes to picking the national side is that, 99% of the time, those picked are playing regularly at club level, and those on the fringes are brushed to one side.
Memphis’ inclusion, therefore, is remarkably strange. Injuries to Feyenoord winger Steven Berghuis and PSV Eindhoven’s Siem de Jong have, of course, opened up places for attacking players, but the 21-year-old’s inclusion still comes across as peculiar. This is a man truly sapped of confidence – a mere shadow of the player that single handedly guided PSV to Eredivisie glory back in 2015.
On the flipside, this surprise call-up acts as a vital opportunity for Memphis to rediscover some attacking potency, and perhaps to send a message to Mourinho ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Anfield on October 17.