Netherlands manager Danny Blind has tagged Manchester United’s summer signing Memphis Depay ‘not a team player’ as he dropped the 21-year-old Dutchman from his latest squad.
The former PSV Eindhoven winger has lost his place in Blind’s team for the upcoming two friendlies c against Wales and Germany, which will be held on November 11 and November 17 respectively.
Depay’s current form at Manchester United has also seen him out of the starting eleven in recent weeks. Now his national team boss also has left out the attacker from Holland’s latest fixtures. Not only Depay, Netherland’s all-time leading goal scorer Robin van Persie, who is struggling in Turkey this season, has also been ousted.
“In football you must function in a team. He doesn’t always do that. I think Depay is a player for the future, but there are other issues to look at. Perhaps Louis van Gaal has also said something,” Danny Blind, the Netherland boss told reporters yesterday.
Depay, who has managed to score only three goals in as much as 20 matches for his national team, didn’t feature in Manchester United’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace at the weekend because of injury.
However van Gaal, Depay’s club manager has quickly responded and defended the Dutch youngster claiming Depay’s recent inconsistency is because of his young age and insisted the United attacker will improve quickly.
“I have said he is the greatest talent of his age but he is only 21 and you cannot expect consistency,” he explained.
“He is at a stage of his career where he must adapt to many things. I’m convinced he’s coming back maybe stronger than before.
“But we have to give him time, like we will with Martial when he is a little bit lower in his shape.”
Time is not running out for Memphis Depay’s but for Robin Van Persie, despite being Netherlands’ all-time top goalgetter with 50 goals in 101 appearances, his chances with national team seem to be numbered now as the 32-year-old Fenerbahce striker is having a tough time in the club level also.
“I don’t think he’s playing well [for his club],” stated Blind, but later added the former Manchester United striker could be still called up or national duty if he regains full fitness.
Netherland will not play any competitive games until the World Cup qualifiers that start next year. They ended the 2014 World Cup in third position under the captaincy of van Persie but ironically didn’t qualify for Euro 2016 as the Dutch finished fourth in their group behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.