This weekend, Memphis Depay enjoyed his best game since leaving to France. The Dutch striker showed impressive performances at Metz, where he scored one goal and made four assists in a 5-0 win.
Combined with a goalless draw by Marseille and Montpellier, this has been an incredible week for Lyon as they climbed into third place which is also the last position of the Champions League zone.
With six matches left this season, the seven-time French champions cut their deficit with second-place Monaco to seven points.
Playing in the more central role where he thrived for Holland against Portugal during the last international break, Memphis put on a show as he set up 4 goals, scored 1 himself, and displayed all of the wonderful skills he has in his locker.
He became the first player since Santi Cazorla to bag four assists in one game in one of Europe’s top 5 keagues.
Depay’s career at Manchester United may not be what it expected, but now the player is like finding a new home in the French Ligue 1. This season the Dutch attacker has rediscovered the form which persuaded Louis van Gaal to bring him to Manchester United in the first place.
Out of the 32 Ligue 1 games Lyon played this season, Memphis played in 29.
The fiery Dutchman made 13 goals and 14 assists in those games – meaning he was directly involved in 27 out of the total of 69 league goals, which is almost 40%.
There are not that many players who achieved those stats in the league. Based on the stats, he’s one of the best attacking players in League 1.
That does in no way guarantee anything for him being destined to play at a bigger club, in a bigger league, but it clearly shows he’s not as bad as some believe he is.
This season is like a season of Depay’s rebirth in the world of football. If things keep going well for him he may get a second chance at a big club.
Written by Rijad Abaza
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