09/09/2021 at 02:02 CEST
Let Joan Laporta prepare the checkbook because Memphis Depay is going to ask him for a lot of money to continue at Barcelona. The Dutchman was one of the bargains of the summer signing free for the culés being an express request of the trainer Ronald Koeman. The forward is more than fulfilling the expectations raised and even has surpassed them being the benchmark of two teams with as much substance and history as the Holland national team
The numbers are not deceiving and neither are the feelings. Everything supports a Depay who scored five goals in this international window of qualifying matches for the Qatar World Cup and also adds two with the Barça shirt in three games. If Leo Messi has left the culé fans empty of hope, the tulip seems determined to make the Argentine star forget making an exciting start to the season at the level of when Ronaldinho Gaucho was brought in.
Depay, at 27, has found the maturity that he lacked six seasons ago when he made the leap to a giant like Manchester United. The Dutchman always defended that this opportunity came too soon and that the expectation that he would be the successor of Cristiano Ronaldo was overweight due to his similarity in the game. Memphis took a step back by refloating his career at Lyon and has now become the master of Barcelona after the departure of Messi and Griezmann. Koeman – with whom he averaged one goal per game in his time as a Dutch coach – has given him the keys to the team and is responding to confidence more than anything.
The forward knew that he would triumph with the culé shirt after agreeing to sign a nondescript contract in the world of football for just two seasons. If he maintains this performance, Depay will be able to make his particular August very soon because next summer the offers will pile up on his table. No one said it was easy to fill the void left after Messi’s departure, but a guy named Memphis has managed to take the bull by the horns and make the absence of the most dominant footballer of the last decade less traumatic.