Memphis Depay continues to interest the FC Barcelona. As reported MD, regardless of what happens to his great supporter at the Barça club, the coach Ronald Koeman
, The Dutch forward likes the club for his football profile, his maturity and for being a few weeks away from ending his contract with him Lyon. At 27 years old, the Dutch international’s career in the elite is important, as he was the top scorer in the Eredivisie when I played in the PSV Eindhoven, signed in 2015 by the Manchester United in exchange for 34 million euros and its progressive loss of paper in Old trafford with Louis van Gaal Y Jose Mourinho took him in January 2017 to Olympique de Lyon, in a transfer estimated at 18.5 million euros. Those who have coincided with him or have seen closely all his evolution, in general have spoken very well throughout his career of his soccer qualities, although there are also voices that reproach him for his irregularity.
Rudi Garcia: “He has what characterizes the greats”
Your current coach in Lyon, Rudi garcia, is one of the most passionate in praise, like the one he dedicated to him in March. “Memphis is a very competitive player, who transmits that spirit to his teammates. Make a difference when he comes down to get the ball. It is decisive and that is what characterizes the great players, who score goals or do them himself, “he described.
Sylvinho: “Have character, I like it a lot”
His predecessors on the bench OL they also appreciated its virtues. Sylvinho, a former Barça player, referred a couple of times in 2020 to the style of Depay, whom he trained, when he began to relate to his old club. “He is a very strong player physically and technically and he has character. I like it a lot ”, he stressed. In November 2020 he even delved into that praiseworthy description: “Depay is a great player, intelligent and has a goal.”
“Acknowledge your mistakes”
Bruno Genesio, his first coach in Lyon, defined Depay in February 2018 as a “future great player”, but warned that he should win regularly, praising his willingness to learn. “He is a very endearing boy. He is someone you can talk to, he acknowledges his mistakes. You have to judge him by what he does in games. His character is no worse than any other, on the contrary. He is intelligent, he knows football, he is capable of analyzing himself and he is self-critical. That is what interests me, not his extra-football image, “he said.
“Our most decisive player”
The brazilian Juninho Pernambucano, legendary former OL player and now its sports director, said in December 2019 when the Dutch international tore the cruciate ligaments in his left knee that for his team it was “a catastrophe”. “He is our most decisive player,” he lamented then.
Koeman: “He is strong, dynamic and can play fist or deep”
Dutch observers also spoke of Depay with a lot of football respect, the first being his own Koeman, who in October 2020 did not publicly hide the arguments that led him to unsuccessfully request his signing for Barça, first in summer and then in winter. “We wanted to Memphis because he is a great player and because he has qualities that, in my opinion, we lack: especially depth in the attack game ”. “Most of Barcelona’s attackers want the ball at the foot, Memphis can be used as a starting point, but you can also send it deep. He is strong, dynamic and can play both from the front and from the left, ”he explained.
De Boer: “A great striker that I see in any elite club”
Frank de Boer, the current Dutch coach and also a former Barça player, said in May 2020 that “Depay is a great center forward, captain of Lyon, and I see him doing well in any elite club, such as Juventus, Barcelona or Inter.” His brother Ronald de Boer, also a former Barcelona footballer, defined Depay last November as “a team footballer, who with his strength and technique can surprise you at any time and that, if his head is fine, he can be a good player for Barça” . Finally, he specified that “it looks more like Luis Suarez what to Griezmann, but it is technically better ”.
Van Gaal: “It’s interesting, but it’s not Messi or Cristiano”
Not all have been praiseworthy phrases about Depay. Even who took him to the 2014 World Cup when he was 20 years old, Louis van Gaal, exposed its deficits in September 2020. “Depay he is an interesting player, especially when he can play free, but it must be borne in mind that he will have to adapt to a new culture and a new team. And we must not forget that neither is Messi nor is Cristiano Ronaldo“, He ironized.
Raymond Domenech: “Play a game from time to time, that’s not a great player”
In France, where Depay has performed best, he has also had tough trials. Especially acid was the former French coach Raymond Domenech. “He plays a game from time to time, when he feels like it, you don’t know what day it’s going to be, and that’s not a great player …”Depay He’s talented, so I blame him even more! He has everything he needs: he has both feet, he can be good with his head, he’s capable of fighting, he has the ability to defend, “he added. Even in March 2021 Domenech criticized Kylian Mbappé after a match with the ‘bleu’ team making a comparison with Depay. “He wants to do it all alone, he wants to win the game all, then he drowns little by little …, he makes a Depay with ups and downs.”
Also Jean-Michel Larqué, former footballer and today a commentator on RMC, said he “totally disagrees with Rudi García when he says that Memphis is one of the best players in the world, despite its great quality, because in the end it is not there.”