Fenerbahce manager Dick Advocate believes Memphis Depay should leave Manchester United in order to relaunch his career.
The winger, after a miserable first season at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, has only made one start this season – against Northampton Town in the League Cup.
Advocaat handed Memphis his senior debut when he was in charge of PSV Eindhoven back in 2013.
Speaking after Fenerbahce’s 2-1 win over Man United in the Europa League, Advocaat insisted Memphis should move away from Old Trafford.
“The potential is there for him to be a good player. You cannot lose that, he has the quality to be a top player,” he said.
“But the problem is for him is that there are so many quality players in that squad, so for himself, it is important to start playing regularly at the age he is at.
“Otherwise, the way I think is that maybe he has to find another solution because he is too good to sit on the bench.
“I still believe in him. He has the right mentality, the right character to play for United, but there are so many options there. Regular playing time will help his progression.”
Some players simply don’t have what it takes to perform at this level. A few recent examples: Alexander Buttner, Gabriel Obertan, Federico Macheda and Bebe (remember him?).
Memphis is not one of these players. This is a player blessed with unquestionable levels of talent, perhaps more talent than some established first-team players. His issue – as is often the case with young wingers – is strictly confidence-related.
With this in mind, the Dutchman has two options: either take Advocaat’s advice, or get his head down, work hard and earn a spot in the starting XI.