On the RADAR
Memphis DEPAY (Holland)
While much was made of Germany’s problems following their 3-0 loss to Holland, much credit should go to Ronald Koeman’s side, who recorded a record scoreline against their neighbours and great rivals in Amsterdam.
The star of the show at the Johan Cruyff Arena was striker Memphis Depay, who supplied the corner for Holland’s first goal, scored their second and also smashed the crossbar in a man-of-the-match performance.
It was another impressive showing by the player as he continues his rehabilitation at Lyon since leaving Manchester United in 2017. As Gianluigi Buffon recently noted: “The player who has impressed me the most since I arrived in France? I would say Memphis Depay, from Lyon.”
The 24-year-old may have failed to live up to the great expectations of those wearing United’s number seven shirt – having been shown the door by Jose Mourinho after he had replaced Louis Van Gaal as manager – but United have retained a buyback clause and could yet return for him.
Arnaut GROENEVELD (Club Brugge)
Nigerian-born midfielder who made his debut for Holland as a sub against Germany and scored his first goal in the next game, against Belgium – where he plays his club football.
Geoffrey KONDOGBIA (Central African Rep)
Valencia’s midfielder made his CAR debut after five caps for France, with whom he won the 2013 Under-20 World Cup.
Dani OLMO (Dinamo Zagreb)
Capped by Spain up to under-18 level, the winger is considering taking Croatian citizenship. Liverpool, Milan and Borussia Dortmund are all reported to be keen.
Paco ALCACER (Borussia Dortmund)
On loan from Barcelona, he scored seven goals in his first four German league games, plus a hat-trick in the Champions League against Monaco.
Kai HAVERTZ (Bayer Leverkusen)
The teenager’s sparkling Bundesliga form earned a call-up to Germany’s squad for the Nations League games against Holland and France before injury prompted his withdrawal.
Iannis HAGI (Romania)
The 20-year-old son of Gheorghe Hagi looks to have inherited his father’s free-kick skills after scoring for the under-21s against Liechtenstein.