After Netherlands – Türkiye: what to do with Memphis Depay?

After Netherlands – Türkiye: what to do with Memphis Depay?
After Netherlands – Türkiye: what to do with Memphis Depay?

We must at least recognize that Ronald Koeman has the lucidity not to persist until the end. For the first time in the tournament, the Dutch coach trusted the same players to start a match. Before changing his plans at half-time. For a winning move once again.

Already off-topic against Romania, Steven Bergwijn was again inconsistent against the Turks and did not reappear on the pitch after the break. No Donyell Malen to replace him this time, but the giant Wout Weghorst.From the 35th minute, the coach told me that I was going to come on”explained to the NOS the striker who positioned himself up front, which resulted in Xavi Simons being moved to the right and Memphis Depay being lined up in a playmaker role. Which suits him much better.

“Ronald Koeman’s substitutions were goodvalid Ruud Gullit. With Weghorst up front, Memphis started to play a little bit behind him. It’s a much better position for him.” With the exception of the match against Austria where he scored, Depay struggles to exert any influence up front. Too isolated. Too closed in. Too self-effacing.

What to remember from Netherlands – Turkey (2-1): Depay’s winning repositioning, Verbruggen decisive and Güler has set a date

No longer really capable of making a difference solo, even if his number concluded with a strike after 59 seconds could have allowed him to score one of the goals of the Euro, the Dutch number ten had more impact a notch lower, with his 33rd assist on the evening of his 97th selection.He gave me a great ball”appreciated Stefan de Vrij. Such a repositioning raises the question of the use of Xavi Simons, the best passer of the Euro (3 assists) who struggles to convince in the game, especially on the right.

“Memphis is better in ten and I don’t believe in a combination of Memphis in front and Simons in ten. They are not complementary.judged on the NOS Pierre van Hooijdonk. With Memphis as a number nine, you need a ten, which Simons is not. Memphis was better when Weghorst was in the sixteen because there was always someone in front of goal.”


Without Memphis, we cannot hope to go far in the tournament.

The presence of the attacker who polarizes the attention of the opposing defense also loosens the grip around Depay who finds his freedom at the same time as his creativity: “He only needed a moment to deliver this decisive passrecalled Ryan Babbel. I understand what people are criticising him for, he hasn’t played much before the Euros and is perhaps not at 100%. In almost all other countries, players who have been important are treated with more respect. Memphis can do much better but he knows it himself. He has shown that he can still be important.”

Which is unanimously recognized within the locker room itself. “He is a role model for everyone in the groupDenzel Dumfries recalled this week. He is one of the most important players for us, if not the most important. By his creativity, by his way of doing and letting things happen but also by his role.” That it is appropriate to determine better. Because if Koeman has not ceased to recall that “Without Memphis Depay, we cannot hope to go far in the tournament”he has not yet found the solution to use it to the best advantage. But since he does not persist until the end…

Top : Baris Yilmaz 7/10

Here in the duel with Cody Gakpo, Baris Yilmaz did not manage his efforts. (Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP) ©AFP or its licensors

In the middle of an attacking line where his mates Güler and Yildiz were born in 2005, the 24-year-old striker would almost seem like a veteran. In the absence of having scored a goal, he took advantage of this Euro to make an impression with a fairly crazy generosity. Never stingy with running, the one who usually plays as a winger at Galatasaray was a real poison in a more axial role.

Le flop : Xavi Simons 3/10

Xavi Simons struggles to convince. (Photo by Ronny HARTMANN / AFP) ©AFP or licensors

Having provided two assists against Romania, the young prodigy remains an enigma in the national team. Repositioned as a playmaker, he had almost no influence in the first half before being once again moved to the right after Wout Weghorst came on, where he really didn’t have his bearings. He can consider himself lucky not to have been sent off for this pass on Müldur (30th).

The technique

The Netherlands : Verbruggen ; Dumfries, de Vrij, van Dijk, Aké (73rd van de Ven) ; Depay (87th Zirkzee).

Türkiye : Gunok; Muldur (82e Celik), Ayhan (89e Kilicsoy), Akaydin (82e Tosun), Bardakci, Kadioglu; Ozcan (77e Yokuslu), Calhanoglu; Guler, Yilmaz, Yildiz (77e Akturkoglu).

Warnings: Simons, Aké, van Dijk, Tosun, Weghorst

The goals : 36th Akaydin (0-1), 70th de Vrij (1-1), 76th Müldür csc (2-1).



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