09/06/2021 at 8:45 AM CEST
FC Barcelona forward Memphis Depay has become the undisputed leader of the Netherlands alongside Frenkie De Jong, compatriot and partner in the Barça club. In what is a new stage with Louis Van Gaal at the head of the sports project, the attacker has assumed chevrons and is the player with the most difference on the offensive plot.
The Dutch, who has reached Barcelona at zero cost and is the great reference after the departures of Griezmann and Leo Messi, scored a double in the Netherlands’ victory over Montenegro (4-0) and has once again proved his efficiency in penalty kicks. He has made six of the last seven shots, a record that is surpassed only by Ronald Koeman (8), Robin van Persie (7) and Johan Neeskens (7).
6 – Memphis Depay has scored six of its seven penalties for the Netherlands national team, a record surpassed only by Ronald Koeman (8), Robin van Persie (7) and Johan Neeskens (7) – without counting penalty shootouts. Specialist. #NED pic.twitter.com/jHjO1gUYiI
– OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 4, 2021
The former Olympique Lyon has started the season at a high level, just as he finished last: scored 20 goals and distributed 12 assists between Ligue 1 and Coupe. At the moment, the attacker adds two goals and an assist and has been key to Barcelona’s good results in LaLiga. In just three games, he has already become the most decisive player in Ronald Koeman’s attack line.
Barcelona, in the best moment of his career
Memphis Depay has landed in Barcelona as a mature and decisive player. In the best moment of his career, with 27 years, the also former PSV and Manchester United has stopped at zero cost in one of the smartest movements on the Barcelona market, marked by the economic situation and the departure of players such as Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
The Dutchman has some important scoring records from his previous stages: scored 76 goals for Olympique Lyon, another 50 for PSV Eindhoven and seven for Manchester United, the only club in which he failed to exploit all his football potential. In Barcelona, where Leo Messi no longer appears as the great responsible, Memphis Depay is a great alternative for maximum penalties.