The former Spurs striker was impressed with the performance of the Manchester United winger against Barcelona in the USA.
Lineker said that he wanted to rave about the 21-year-old’s talent to everyone, but he was surprised at the start the youngster made to the 2015-16 Premier League season.
“I saw him play in California against Barcelona in a pre-season friendly,” the 54-year-old former Everton and Tottenham star said on BT Sport Europe while presenting the Champions League game between United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford.
“He was outstanding, and I thought of telling everybody that he could play, and then in the first two games of the season, he was really quiet, and I thought ‘Oops’.”
Depay joined United from Dutch champions PSV earlier this summer amid much hype and expectation.
The youngster did not start the season well, though, as he struggled to make an impact in the opening two games in the Premier League.
In almost 150 minutes of league football, the 21-year-old managed to create just one chance and had a shot accuracy of 20%.
However, on Tuesday evening, Depay announced himself to the Old Trafford faithful, playing a man-of-the-match role in United’s 3-1 home win against Club Brugge in the first leg of the Champions League playoff round.
Depay scored two goals and provided the assist for the other during the 90 minutes.
Memphis having a decent game at Old Trafford. Advice to defenders: Show him on his left!— Adrian Clarke (@adrianjclarke) August 18, 2015