Memphis Depay, a new adventure and chance!

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Memphis Depay joined Barca from Lyon earlier in the summer. The 27 year old forward did the most out of his stay at Lyon joining from Man Utd in 2017 after a difficult time at Old Trafford.

Since moving to Lyon ha has played steady for the national team and so far added up 68 caps and scored 28 goals. He was also part of the team that played in the Euro’s creating an interesting partnership with Wolfsburg forward Wout Weghorst and with that in place making a switch away from the preferred four three three system.

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Despite seen as a success in the Dutch national team under the guidance of Frank de Boer and getting through to the final stages of the Euro 2020 tournament it all faulted in the round of 16 after a 2-0 loss to Czech Republic and the departure of the bold coach who had the nerve to change a national symbol of a football system, but in some way it worked for Depay and Weghorst.

Ronald Koeman is in charge of Barca and his approach to football is widely known, but he also experiment with his systems and is not really being tied to that Dutch system of playing football often using three in the back and two forwards, so Depay might not be afraid that with Messi in the team he will be pushed out of his best position which is up front and nothing else, and as we know in the past Barce have played with Suarez, Griezman and several other big names with Messi wandering around as he usually does in his libero role at this football club.

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Since joining Lyon and also at Man Utd he didn’t win any titles, and his only big win is the Eredivisie with PSV in 2014-15. He also picked up a bronze medal from the 2014 World Cup, and been seen as one of the best forwards in French football over the past period he was involved.

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Barca are in to their pre-season and so far played two games. Depay was not involved in the first fixture against Gimnastic Tarragona, which ended with a 4-0 win, but in the next he came on and scored the last goal in the 3-1 win over Girona, coming on late in the first half with his goal being scored in the 85th minute from the penalty spot.

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It will be interesting to follow the progress and the next games coming up with Memphis Depay possibly getting the impact he desperately looks for and really make a breakthrough at the very highest level of football.

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