New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay has yet to kick a ball for Louis van Gaal’s side, but he’s already had his attitude questioned.
According to the Daily Mirror, both Southampton manager Ronald Koeman and top Dutch scout Henk Grim have criticised the winger, with the Saints boss questioning whether he has the quality to succeed in the Premier League following his £25m move.
“I think they paid a lot of money,” Koeman – who worked at PSV Eindhoven when the 21-year-old was coming through the youth ranks – said.
“He won’t play every game. I have learnt, while I am here in England, that Dutch players can’t make the jump to the top of the Premier League easily. And young players can’t play 38 games anyway,” he added.
But, the former Feyenoord manager’s verdict was nothing in comparison with the damning condemnation from Grim, who frequently scouted the player when he was a youngster.
The Mirror report that the 53-year-old looks at a prospect’s skills, tactics, physique, attitude, and personality, before coming up with an average rating out of ten. Depay reportedly reach no higher than an astonishing 5.6.
And Grim was in no doubt in what area the player lacked the most.
“You know what brought the rating down most of all? The rating for his personality. It is only because of the fact that I could not go any lower than zero out of 10, otherwise I would have rated him well below that,” he said.
“It was absolutely disgusting, the foul language that boy used towards his fellow players and towards people in the crowd,” he added.
Having spent two years completely outside the title picture however, it is unlikely that United fans will be too concerned about his attitude should he be able to reproduce the magic that attracted the club’s attention in the first place.