DI­ARY OF A WON­DERKID

MEM­PHIS DE­PAY, 21 PSV Eind­hoven, Winger

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“Scor­ing more goals has been an aim. I want to be more cold-blooded”

Au­gust 2014

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.

Septem­ber

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.

Oc­to­ber

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.

Novem­ber

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.

De­cem­ber

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.

Jan­uary 2015

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.”

Fe­bru­ary

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.

March

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.

April

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.

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