Tottenham Hotspur have had an offer accepted by PSV Eindhoven to sign Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay. The deal for the 20-year old is being reported as £10 million, with Nacer Chadli reportedly going in the opposite direction to PSV, valued at £5 million, according to the Daily Express.
Memphis Depay was part of his country’s World Cup side that managed to reach the semi-final stage this summer and was a major part of PSV Eindhoven’s league campaign season last year. He scored twelve goals in 32 appearances, helping his side to a fourth place finish in 2013-14.
Nacer Chadli looks to be leaving the North London club after just one season and could be returning to the Netherlands once more following his spell with FC Twente. Although he made 34 appearances for Spurs last season, Chadli obviously hasn’t impressed Tottenham’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino enough to stay at the club and Pochettino sees Depay as a good swap.
Depay would come in as an unproven, young player who looks to be a ready-made replacement for Aaron Lennon or Andros Townsend should the time come for them to be rested or replaced altogether. Depay, at 20 years old, is an indication that Mauricio Pochettino is looking to improve his squad with some youth as well as experience as he faces a season where anything less than a Champions League place will be deemed as a failure.
Crucial to a successful season will be the performances of Spurs’ midfield players who have lots of potential but didn’t quite live up to their promise last season. Playing alongside players such as Christian Eriksen and Paulinho could be great for the young midfielder particularly with the ability of Eriksen to link up with the players around him.
With Depay’s goalscoring ability from midfield as well as Eriksen’s ten assists last season, the duo may add more creativity and fire-power to a Spurs side that managed just 55 league goals last season.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.