Memphis Depay insists he deserves to be in the Dutch national side for World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France.
The 21-year-old was left out of Danny Blind’s first Netherlands side back in early September after failing to secure a spot in the starting XI under Jose Mourinho.
However, injuries to Feyenoord winger Steven Berghuis and PSV Eindhoven’s Siem de Jong have presented Memphis with a surprise chance to impress on the international stage.
Speaking ahead of the Oranje’s game with Albania on Friday, Memphis made it clear that he merits a place in Blind’s side.
“The coach is not going to go to Manchester to see how I train,” he said.
“And I do not play much, so he does not know how I’m going.
“You know, I’m comfortable in my skin. But I have to play. Now people do not see me, they might think I’m out of practice.
“That is not true. I am confident that it will be fine. That’s good for my career, but also for Oranje. I am worthy of the Dutch team. I believe I can make my contribution here.”
Much like Wayne Rooney and Matteo Darmian, both recently omitted from Mourinho starting XI, Memphis has a chance to rediscover some much-needed confidence during this international break. A strong performance, a goal, or perhaps something as simple as a sumptuous piece of skill could be enough to galvanise the Dutchman.
He is, of course, a supremely talented winger. His last season with PSV Eindhoven – a one man assault on Eredivisie glory – was truly special, and United fans have seen the occasional glimpse of what Memphis can do.
On the flip-side, though, Memphis – like most young wingers – is a temperamental, slightly mercurial individual as well. He needs the full backing of the manager, the conviction that he – and he alone – is the heartbeat of this team. And most importantly, he needs confidence – something that United fans will hope the Dutchman rediscovers during the international break.