DIARY OF A WONDERKID
MEMPHIS DEPAY, 21 PSV Eindhoven, Winger
“Scoring more goals has been an aim. I want to be more cold-blooded”
Depay is a man in demand after scoring two goals as a substitute at the World Cup, but he decides to stay at PSV for another season. He delights supporters with his decision and also his early-season displays, hitting five goals in the opening three matches of the season.
Goes off injured after 18 minutes at PEC Zwolle, and in his absence PSV suffer their first league defeat of the season. A groin injury keeps him out for the rest of the month.
Receives criticism from manager Phillip Cocu for taking off his shirt after scoring in a 1-1 Europa League draw with Panathinaikos. “He should not do that. It’s not smart,” Cocu grumbles.
Shows his humanitarian side after coming to the rescue of a young PSV fan caught up in a brawl during a win at Heracles. Depay gives the crying child his shirt. “He told me people should not fight each other,” young Jens Bastings tells the Eindhoven Dagblad.
Scores a 90th-minute winner in a 4-3 thriller against Feyenoord, sending PSV seven points clear at the top. “Scoring more goals has been an aim of mine this season. I want to be more cold-blooded,” he says.
Scores a late winner against Willem II as PSV’s utter domination of the Eredivisie continues. Pictures of Depay’s home are released by Dutch TV. The apartment “is adorned with funky trinkets, including a classic jukebox from the 1950s and a replica of Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer.”
Puts in an exceptional performance in a 3-1 win over Utrecht, scoring two goals to put him clear at the top of the Eredivisie scoring charts with 15. “At some point, it becomes clear that he is ready for the next step,” Cocu admits. Rumours linking the sprightly winger with Tottenham and Manchester United persist.
Favourites a tweet to an article linking him to United, sending tabloid hacks into a frenzy. Later un-favourites it, but by then it’s too late, really, isn’t it? Signs a multi-year partnership deal with Under Armour.
PSV clinch their first Eredivisie title since 2008 with a 4-1 win over Heerenveen. Unsurprisingly, Depay is the star of the show, smashing home a superb free-kick. Within 48 hours, Manchester United are reported to have made an initial enquiry to sign the starlet.