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Mem­phis DEPAY (Hol­land)

World Soccer - - From The Editor -

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.

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