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Memphis Depay - Ligue 1's man of the moment

Publish on 06/05/2018 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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If Olympique Lyonnais are France's form team, and now the favourites to finish second, then Memphis Depay has to be considered Ligue 1 Conforama's form player.

The Dutch international has contributed seven goals and five assists in his last six matches, emerging as OL’s star man.  Not that Depay is claiming all the glory for himself.

"No, it's collective, the team. Me, Bertrand (Traoré), in defence Marcelo, Anthony (Lopes) the goalkeeper, everybody. Of course I'm important for the team, I try to continue but it's not only me," he told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports.

The 24 year old has been the man for the big occasion in this, his first full season in France. Depay scored last-gasp winners against both Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille, coming off the bench to devastating effect on those occasions. In all he has 16 goals and 8 assists.

'A new man'

"He has a lot of qualities and great talent," said his coach Bruno Genesio.

But only in the last two months has Genesio shown total faith in the former Manchester United player. Memphis has started all of Lyon's last five matches, operating mainly as a central striker, and the results have been quite extraordinary.

"He's a new player, a new man. He's happy, he feels good in the squad, good on the pitch. He’s working for the team, it’s good news for us in the run-in because he's turning in decisive displays."

So with the club on course for Champions League qualification, the question now is will their mercurial number 11 still be a Lyon player come next season?

"Man that's the question I cannot answer my friend. I look at tomorrow, I don’t look in the future," he said at the end of last weekend's win over FC Nantes. "On Monday we have the next training and I focus on that training. God bless you."