Memphis Depay was arguably the best attacking player in the World Cup qualifiers, his year 2021 is at a very high level.
The year 2021 of Memphis Depay is exceptional. Author of 37 goals and 19 assists in club and selection, the former Lyonnais is one of the most decisive players in Europe. In the scorers’ classification, he is second only to the top players in this area. Lewandowski, Mbappé, Haaland, Ronaldo, Benzema and Messi, but it only points to two units from the Argentinian.
This year, it is especially in the selection that the Dutch international (73 caps, 35 goals) has impressed. A goalscorer against Montenegro and then Norway, he has now scored 17 national goals in 2021, we have to go back to 1960 to find traces of such a performance, with Borivoje Kostic’s 18 goals with Serbia.
Best total of goals scored by a European player in selection A over a calendar year:
23- Sandor Kocsis 195 en 1954
18- Sven Rydell🇸🇪 en 1924
18- Just Fontaine 🇫🇷 in 1958
18- Borivoje Kostic🇷🇸 en 1960
17- MEMPHIS PAID in 2021 @PSSportsFR #NEDNOR
— Stats Foot (@Statsdufoot) November 16, 2021
In the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which began in March 2021, the FC Barcelona was monstrous again. Leader of the attack on the Batavians, number 10 was omnipresent, as evidenced by the statistics published by Opta Jean this Monday.
During these playoffs, Memphis Depay is:
- The top scorer with 12 goals
- The best passer with 6 assists
- The player who attempted the most shots (58)
- The player who created the most chances (45)
In a complicated group where the Turkey and the Norway gave Louis Van Gaal’s men a hard time, he was directly involved in more than half of his team’s goals (18 out of 33). No player has been more decisive with his selection.
1 – No player has scored, assists, shot, sent final passes before a shot or accumulated a higher Expected Goals value (excluding penalties) than Memphis Depay in the European Zone Qualifiers for the 2022 CDM. King. pic.twitter.com/ayRz8mLfWW
– OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 17, 2021
By walking on the water throughout this campaign, he carried his team to the 2022 World Cup, which was absent in Russia in 2018. He will undoubtedly be the key man in his selection in Qatar, where the Countries -Bas can hope to achieve a great performance with his golden generation.