As one of the three free signings of Barca this summer, Memphis Depay received a lot of hope to shine. In fact, the Dutchman’s debut could not have been more impressive against Girona.
The 27-year-old star performed skillful, technical football and received endless applause in the stands. Not only helping Barca play more flexible, and at the same time showing extremely fast integration with teammates, Depay also directly shined with a goal of 3-1 victory. Continuing the sublimation momentum, the former MU star continued to show impressive performance in the new shirt with a performance that could not be better than Stuttgart.
Depay’s masterpiece against Stuttgart
Named by coach Ronald Koeman in the starting line-up, the Dutch striker immediately showed his great qualities. In the 21st minute, Depay received a long pass from the middle of the field to the left wing.
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The 27-year-old star controlled the ball neatly before hitting the ball with his right foot and volleying a beautiful volley that sent the ball straight into the net. Depay’s super goal immediately made Barca fans think of Neymar, a player who often scores in this way.
Not only that, wearing the number 11 on the back makes those associations more grounded. Especially when the names that were expected to replace Neymar before like Dembele or Coutinho left disappointments.
Regarding the match against Stuttgart, Barca also had 2 more goals from Yusuf Demir and Riqui Puig to complete a 3-0 victory for the Blaugrana. Previously, Depay had shared about joining Barca and revealed his playing position.
“When Barca make an offer, you can’t say no”, “But will he? [Koeman] Does it have a big influence on the decision? Yes, very big, because I know him from the national team. He put me in the central striker position and that helped me do a lot of things.”
Depay joined Barca from Lyon in the form of CNTD in the summer of 2021. This player is expected to become a new factor to help Barca compete for the La Liga crown and can go far in the Champions League.