For the early part of this transfer window, two players have been highlighted as ‘surplus to requirements’. Both players were bought in the summer of 2015 for a combined fee of £58m and have suddenly been cast to the side for no apparent reason. Where did it go wrong for this duo who arrived with so much promise?
A £25m buy under Van Gaal, purchased with the purpose of solidifying the long-documented soft centre since the departure of the likes of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.
He is a good player who unfortunately came unstuck, he’s been left as an outcast and unfortunately, is not going to be given any more opportunities. A number of clubs, namely West Brom & Everton are interested in signing the Frenchman.
His preferred destination would probably be Goodison Park as it would reunite him with his boss from Southampton, also Koeman may see him as an ideal replacement for the aging Gareth Barry. Most importantly, it will give him game time.
What does he bring?
Standing at 6’4 he brings power and an aerial presence to the middle of the park, attributes synonymous of great midfielders (particularly French one’s), past examples include Patrick Vieira, even in the current crop of midfielders in the French squad, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba & Geoffrey Kondogbia: three imposing central midfielders who are all top quality and Schneiderlin can certainly be mentioned in the same breath as these.
His passing range is also a massive asset; between himself & Victor Wanyama, the Frenchman was definitely the one with the vision and to be honest, he played an understated, but important role in the solidity of that Saints’ team.
Because he’s only been at United for 18 months, it might make sense for Jose to try him during the remainder of the season, as United are still battling on all 4 fronts – rotation will be a necessity and an injury to any of that midfield trio could lead to precious game time.
But Mourinho is looking to sell him for about £24m, but is it sensible to sell him domestically, strengthening a league rival? Everton’s opening bid of £19m shows they might be closer to sealing a deal than we think.
A Dutchman bought by a Dutchman based on an outstanding World Cup and following season in the Dutch league. He came as one of the hottest under 21 prospects, his early outings against Club Brugge gave the fans much needed hope that they had found possibly the next Cristiano Ronaldo, whether it be the physicality of the league, confidence or lack of work rate, he was given plenty of opportunities last season but has failed to live up to the price tag.
He’s played 134 minutes this season, there’s a number of players that are ahead of him in the pecking order, I’m shocked that Depay was not trying to force a move sooner. Europe may be a better destination, AC Milan apparently are also interested. If he wants to give the Premier League another try, the Toffees are interested and would see him as an ideal foil to take the place of Yannick Bolasie while he recovers from his injury, even a return to PSV might not be a bad thing, to help him to rediscover his form.
The main issue will be the terms, on a permanent deal, United will struggle to recoup more than £15m for Depay, his lack of game time puts the Red Devils in a difficult position to offload him.