Why Memphis Depay is Europe’s hottest property this summer

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The PSV winger has been attracting interest from the Premier League since the World Cup and has been in stunning form in the Eredivisie this term.

Memphis Depay is the top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie this season with 17 goals, which for a winger is quite incredible.

People will have a dig at the standard of club football in Holland, but there is no doubt that Depay is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of ability. He has also been very wise in staying for an extra year after a breakthrough World Cup.

Indeed, the 21-year-old scored twice at last summer's tournament and was named in the top three for the ‘Best Young Player’ award as Holland finished in third place under current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

This surely makes United the favourites for his signature as they have the perfect bargaining tool in van Gaal and are in need of a winger to add some flair and pace to their side.

Inevitably, Depay has been linked to United all season but according to the Mirror, Liverpool are hoping to snatch him from under their arch rivals’ noses.

The PSV man is Europe’s hottest young talent right now as he has all the potential to develop into a world class wide man, who can both score and set up plenty of goals.

However, Depay sometimes gets accused of being greedy and does need taming. He shoots on sight, attempting 128 shots this season at an accuracy rate of just 43%. Whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is of a similar ilk, he is obviously more accurate than Depay currently is.

He has also attempted 117 dribbles, completing 56% of them whilst he has been fouled 40 times. Not only is Depay direct but he is fearless and will constantly try to make things happen but whoever does acquire him will have to work on his efficiency.

You get the feeling that through experience, Depay’s effectiveness will only increase, meaning he is a risk worth taking.

With his history of developing youngsters and working with Depay himself, van Gaal would appear to be in pole position to secure his services but there must surely be a queue of clubs interested in him.

He is one of the most talented youngsters on the continent and arguably the hottest prospect available in the market this summer.

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