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Depay will find Premier League switch tough – Koeman

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes Manchester United new signing Memphis Depay will find the switch to the English Premier League from PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie difficult.

After netting 22 league goals in the Dutch top flight last season for PSV, the 21-year-old joined the Red Devils in a deal believes to be worth £31 million.

Koeman, who was in charge of PSV when the Netherlands international was in the youth team, said the player was unable to play every game, and feels the switch to the English top tier will be tricky for Depay.

“I think they paid a lot of money,” he told The Mirror.

“Because it is United, where they already spent £200m on players like Angel di Maria, such a big figure is put in perspective.

“If you pay millions for Di Maria who hardly plays, if you pay a fortune in wages and rent fee for Radamel Falcao who never plays, than £25m is not a lot of money for them…

“He won’t play every game. I have learnt, while I am here in England, that Dutch players can’t make the jump to the top of the Premier League easily. And young players can’t play 38 games anyway.

“And I see another lack of quality with the Dutch kids, that I have also noticed with other young stars in the Premier League: they don’t communicate. They behave like individuals. Stuck to their smartphones.”

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