With Memphis Depay in the process of sealing a £21.7m move from Manchester United to Lyon on Friday, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has made sure to kick him on the way out the door.
The Dutch international had endured a miserable 18 months at Old Trafford, making just 16 Premier League appearances since embarking on a £25m move from PSV after a highly-successful season in the Eredivisie in 2015.
Speaking to Sky on Friday, former Arsenal star Nicholas didn’t sound overly upset that the 22-year-old will no longer be plying his trade in the Premier League – in fact, he castigates Memphis for what he perceives as a waste of natural talent and fondness for showmanship, while also dragging innocent party Joe Cole into his ball of fury.
“I would have chased him out last summer.
“He’s a show pony. He was only interested in the United image. Mourinho doesn’t do show ponies, just ask Joe Cole.
“He’s a poor version of Neymar. When he does a trick he doesn’t even leave the player, he wants to stay and do another trick.
“What has surprised me is the amount of money they got back. It tells you a lot that no Premier League teams were interested in him.”
Cole worked under José Mourinho at Chelsea for three years during the Portuguese manager’s first spell at Stamford Bridge. While it is true that the former England international struggled initially in Mourinho’s system in their first year together, by the 2005/06 season he had cemented a place in Chelsea’s starting lineup and was named in the PFA Team of the Season a the end of the Premier League-winning campaign.
?NOUS SOMMES L’OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS? pic.twitter.com/msXGylCVjg
— Memphis (@Memphis) January 20, 2017
Depay, meanwhile, has since confirmed the move to the Ligue 1 side, wherein he has likely been signed too late to feature in his new side’s match against Marseille on Sunday, but is almost certain to be involved against Lille the following week.