Manchester United‘s Memphis Depay was a disappointing signing, but Chelsea’s flop from the Eredivisie was on another level…
Memphis Depay departed Manchester United after a seriously disappointing spell at Old Trafford.
Signed by Louis van Gaal, the Dutch winger looked like a seriously good signing when he first was drafted in from PSV Eindhoven.
Memphis had been top scorer in the Eredivisie that season, helping PSV – alongside former team-mate Giorginio Wijnaldum – to the title in the process.
But after being handed the No 7 shirt and whipping United fans into a delirium of excitement, he achieved next to nothing at Old Trafford.
He showed limited flashes of flair and talent, but looked poor value at £31million.
But he’s young and clearly has some serious talent, perhaps it was too soon to join a club with the stature of United. He’s now looking to rebuild his career in Ligue 1 with Lyon.
The Premier League has been littered with flops who have achieved wonderful things in Holland but haven’t cut the mustard in England.
For every Luis Suarez and Ruud van Nistelrooy, there’s an Afonso Alves or a Jozy Altidore.
And one has to stand head and shoulders above the rest – including Memphis – when it comes to being a disappointment after tearing the Eredivisie apart.
In 2004, Chelsea completed the signing of Mateja Kezman from PSV. Even though he signed for £5million, he had won three Dutch Golden Boot awards in Holland, and looked like the perfect candidate to lead Chelsea to new heights.
He was brought in during a summer window that saw Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Arjen Robben join Jose Mourinho’s ranks. And although those players would go on to become club legends to various degrees, Kezman would sink into obscurity.
Despite racking up 105 goals in 125 games in the Dutch league, Kezman chipped in with only four Chelsea goals in 25 Premier League games.
Mourinho, like he has done with Memphis, shipped out the Serbian to Atletico Madrid at the end of the season, having won his first title at Chelsea.