Memphis Depay announced his arrival on the world stage in Brazil, where he was a star of the Netherlands team that reached the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.
The 20-year-old winger’s fearlessness and ability to take on the world’s best players and teams was a marvel to behold.
Depay was instantly linked with a number of top clubs in Europe, including Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, but he eventually signed a new contract with his Dutch team PSV Eindhoven.
The youngster has not let summer’s success get into his head as he continues to work hard, something that new Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink admires.
The former Chelsea caretaker-manager believes that Depay has the potential to become the best player for the Netherlands in the future.
‘Depay has the potential to become Netherlands' best player’, he told NOS. ‘I've noticed that he has even more potential than I first thought now that I'm working with him.
‘He still has plenty of room for improvement. I first thought that it was hard to approach him, but I was wrong. He is incredibly interested and keen to learn’.
When a youngster gets too much praise and column inches, there are always some cynics who claim that it is ‘too early to tell’. Perhaps for Depay it is also 'too early' to say how he will progress and whether he can become one of the best players in the world.
But the fact that Hiddink and Louis van Gaal (who was the Netherlands coach for the 2014 World Cup) have sung praises of Depay suggests that he is indeed a gem.
Tottenham were reportedly interested in the winger in the summer transfer window, and it is not hard to see why. But perhaps their chance to sign Depay has gone for good.