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Everton should give Lyon’s Memphis Depay a second chance in England

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Everton should give Lyon’s Memphis Depay a second chance in England

The former Manchester United flop has 14 goals to his name this season.

Signed amid much fanfare for Manchester United in 2015, Memphis Depay was an undisputed flop, failing to live up to his £31 million price tag with just two league goals to his name.

However, the mercurial Dutch winger is currently enjoying the form of his life and would be a superb summer signing for Everton.

Ever since his move to Lyon in January 2017, the 24-year-old has been on absolute fire. Last March, Depay scored an outrageous David Beckham-esque chip goal from the half-way line, showcasing his remarkable finishing ability.

More recently, the Dutch international was involved in a tremendous run of ten straight Lyon goals. Depay scored the winner against Marseille, bagged a brace against Toulouse, set up four and scored one against Metz, and then assisted and scored against Amiens on the weekend.

The scintillating spell has coincided with Depay’s move to a central striker role in a 4-4-2 system, leading to a prolific five-match league winning streak for Lyon.


The attacker would be a brilliant signing for Everton, a club that are the league’s tenth-lowest scorers despite massive outlays on forward talents this year.

Their goal-shy approach was on full display on the weekend, when the Toffees laboured to a 1-1 draw against strugglers Swansea City; the lone scorer for Everton was a Kyle Naughton own goal.

The free-scoring Depay would be a welcome addition for a side that has scored just seven goals in their last eight matches. Not only a pure goalscorer, he can also create a plethora of chances, assisting 11 goals along with his 14 strikes this season.

The Dutch international will be eager to redeem himself in the Premier League after his miserable spell with United and Goodison Park would be an ideal location for Depay to thrive.

Everton would do well to acquire the services of this influential attacker who can create and score goals for fun.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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