Ligue 1 Player of the Week – Memphis Depay (Lyon)


Time now to find out the identity of the best player in Ligue 1 this past weekend. There were some great individual performances of course – Guingamp’s 4-0 home win against Troyes saw some great outings for the home XI, for example. The one who stood above all the others, however, was none other than Lyon star Memphis Depay. The 24-year-old ran the show as Les Gones ran riot at Stade Saint-Symphorien, emerging 5-0 victors on the road.

Depay scored one, and provided assists for all of the other four goals to secure the three points, and a vital win as Lyon leapfrogged Marseille into third place, and an all-important potential spot in next season’s Champions League. Marseille were held to a goalless draw at home against Montpellier on Sunday, and so while that game was great for goalkeepers Yohann Pelé and Benjamin Lecomte it did allow Depay and co. to draw level on points, and ahead on goal difference.

Former Man Utd star Depay earned himself 12 points from the impressive victory over Metz – which was a great result considering his previous outing seven days before had produced eight. That was thanks to a brace in Lyon’s 2-0 home win against Toulouse, and Depay soon had the internet in something of a frenzy.

After the game, according to the Manchester Evening News, he touched down in a “mystery location”, and United supporters voiced their desire for manager Jose Mourinho to re-sign the Netherlands international.

When he made the move from Old Trafford to the Groupama Stadium, United made sure there was a £22m buy-back clause in the deal should he flourish and realise the potential promised to early on in his career. Depay had started brightly at United, but soon seemed to flounder as his performance level dropped. Now, though, it seems the Stretford End faithful want to get their man back in the saddle.

Depay did admit that he wasn’t happy during his time in Manchester, though – so despite the buy-back clause, if the man himself doesn’t want a return to the red half of the city then there will certainly be plenty of other clubs ready and willing to offer him a new home should that day come.

Until it does, however, expect Depay to continue earning points galore – both for his club and for any fantasy managers who have included him in their fantasy squads here on He has been directly involved in 33 goals this season – 23 of them for Lyon, and 10 for his country. That’s still a wonderful contribution – and his 7m valuation seems like a good bit of business for a player who has returned 72 fantasy points so far this season.

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