Manchester United made a bold decision when they sanctioned a huge £25million to land Memphis Depay over the summer, with the starlet largely untested at the highest level. So far it hasn’t quite worked out for him, and one of his compatriots thinks he knows why.
Raymond Verheijen, the former Dutch fitness coach says that Memphis Depay has been severely overworked by Manchester United, and he needs time to settle in.
“He goes from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United, so that means that the speed goes up.” Verheijen began. “The speed of play and in training in the Dutch Eredivisie is lower than at Manchester United, in training and in the games in the Premier League. For Memphis Depay, the treadmill goes faster.”
He then went on to add that the volume of minutes for Depay has to be reduced, whilst he adapts.
“That means that temporarily you have to reduce the volume for him so he has to train less and play less game minutes for his body to get used to the higher tempo and once he has caught up with the speed of actions then gradually, over time, you can increase the number of training sessions and game minutes all the way to team level.”
At the end of the day, big things were expected of Depay and the pressure on him to perform from minute one was immense. That hasn’t happened but he clearly has full belief in himself and his own qualities, and eventually that will shine through.