AsiaDespatch.org – Olympique Lyon has lost a player who also doubles as captain. The player in question is Memphis Depay who has officially become the property of Barcelona under Ronald Koeman’s tutelage.
Memphis Depay has decided not to extend his contract with him The Gones and wait until the last second. Because Barcelona have ordered him in advance even since the beginning of last season.
Ronald Koeman, who became El Barca’s newest tactician, was infatuated with the quality of Memphis Depay. Because he had coached the former Manchester United player when he was in charge of the Dutch national team.
Next season, the Dutch-Ghanaian mixed-blood player will team up with his compatriot in the Dutch squad, Frenkie De Jong. De Jong, who is the mainstay of both De Oranje and El Barca, will partner with Depay.
Heir to Depay’s Number
For approximately five seasons defending Olympique Lyon, Memphis Depay wearing jersey numbered 10. In total he played 178 times with Les Gones and scored 76 goals.
Even with that tally of goals, the Netherlands international ranks among the club’s top goalscorers. He is in fifth position on the list, parallel to former French winger Sidney Govou.
Memphis Depay’s disappearance left his number without an owner. However, Brazilian attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta has officially inherited the jersey number of the former Olympique Lyon captain.
Previously, the 23-year-old midfielder was brought in by the management of the club Les Gones from AC Milan as of September 2020. The player who came from the Flamengo academy was redeemed with a dowry of 20 million Euros.
Now his performance is rising both in the club sector and the national team. Last season he became a major part of the team managed by Rudi Garcia. Lucas Paqueta is a core player in the attacking midfield sector.
In a 4-2-3-1 formation directed by Rudi Garcia, the Brazil midfielder is standing right behind Memphis Depay. In total the player made 34 appearances for his club last season and also scored ten goals.
Paqueta’s Career in the National Team
Meanwhile in the Brazilian national team, Lucas Paqueta was also called up by the coach, Tite to defend his country in the Copa America competition. The midfielder who was born in 1997 was also revealed in six matches from seven national team matches. He was only rested in the second match of the group stage against Peru.
Unlike at the club, Tite played more as a central midfielder. Together with Manchester United midfielder, Fred both became rulers in the Samba team’s midfield. The two worked hand in hand to stabilize the team’s game.
Lucas Paqueta also managed to make two goals when revealed in the Yellow and Blue uniform. He twice became the hero of the Selecao’s victory in the Copa America in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Each of his goals was created in the match against Chile in the quarter-finals of the Copa America. Playing from the bench, this Olympique Lyon midfielder successfully vibrated Claudio Bravo’s goal in the 46th minute.
The magic did not stop there, the player again became the winner of his team. In the semifinal against Peru, the former AC Milan player scored a goal in the 35th minute using a pass from Neymar.
Unfortunately, Dewi Fortuna was only on her side until the second half whistle was blown in the match against Peru. Because after that in the final match against Argentina, he was unable to repeat his record.
As a result, La Albiceleste was crowned the Copa America champion after defeating Tite’s squad with a narrow 1-0 victory. Angel Di Maria, who turned to be the winner with his single goal in the final match.