To be honest, rumours of a potential loan move to Everton for Manchester United’s Memphis Depay did not need any further stoking, given that a temporary move for the Dutchman makes complete and utter sense for all parties. Memphis has barely featured under Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese took over the side in May of this year, and, if his lack of starts and substitute appearances has been anything to go by, Mourinho is less-than-impressed with his application.
It’s not all on Memphis, of course. Louis van Gaal brought him to the club in the summer of 2015 to great fanfare, after the former PSV Eindhoven forward had helped the Eredivisie club to the league title and notched 28 goals in 40 appearances throughout the 2014/15 season. He was touted as one of Europe’s top young talents, and given that Van Gaal had previously managed him during his time in charge of the Dutch national side, big things were expected of him.
To his credit, Memphis, who currently earns £90,000 a week with United showed during this international break that he is far from a spent force and scored two goals in Holland’s 1-3 win over Luxembourg after coming on as a second-half substitute. Speaking after the game, Memphis had this to say on speculation linking him with a loan move to Goodison Park, in quotes picked up by Sky Sports:
“I do not know, we’ll have to see. I focus on United, I do my very best to be able to get minutes. I’m going back to United with a good feeling, because I have got minutes here and we won. That is the most important thing.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has gone one step further and openly spoken of his admiration for Memphis when talking with De tafel van Kees, a programme on Fox Sports Netherlands: “I would like to have him. I think he is an interesting player. He has great individual qualities. He just needs to play games.”
If Koeman can provide Memphis with minutes, then it’s highly likely that Mourinho will allow the Dutchman to leave Old Trafford in January. A loan move makes sense, as he needs minutes, but United may not be ready to cut their losses on a player that cost them £25m just 18 months ago. With Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both ahead of Memphis in Mourinho’s thinking to play on the left-hand side of attack, Memphis may need to leave in order to get any club football this season.