If Memphis Depay was hoping an escape from his Manchester United nightmare via a winter switch to Lyon would reap instant rewards, Sunday’s dismal showing in a rather heated derby clash with St Etienne suggests that he is still a long way from peak form, L’Equipe reports.
And fans of Everton, supposedly long-time admirers of the Dutch winger, will not be enduring too many sleepless nights after failing to add Depay to their roster.
Ronald Koeman stated back in November that his talented young compatriot, the talisman at PSV Eindhoven and a breakout star of the 2014 World Cup, was on his January radar, as reported by Sky Sports, but while the Toffees are in the midst of an impressive domestic run Depay is enduring further humiliation across the Channel.
A full Lyon debut against historic rivals St Etienne appeared the perfect opportunity for the 22-year-old to prove himself to his new supporters.
One dismal performance, an embarrassing attempt at an overhead kick, a mortifying failed back-heel and a 2/10 L’Equipe rating later, Everton fans will be thanking their stars that they raided Charlton Athletic for Ademola Lookman instead.
L’Equipe add that Depay “did not justify the confidence of the manager” after being picked ahead of Mathieu Valbuena while his “lack of rhythm” and “constant ignoring of his team-mates” doesn’t exactly lay down the foundations for a French renaissance.
Lyon’s 2-0 defeat, plus the awarding of three red cards in a fiery finale, rather overshadowed Depay’s dismal performance but it won’t have escaped the attention of Koeman.
Speaking of Koeman, he must be feeling rather relieved right now.