Dutch football legend Marco van Basten has taken pot shots at compatriot Memphis Depp, accusing the Barcelona star of being “individualistic” rather than a player. The former Dutch national team coach is not convinced that the former Manchester United star will settle at the Catalan club.
DePa joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Lyon this summer and was one of the first goals of manager Ronald Koeman. The Dutch forward has made seven appearances for Camp Nou, scoring three goals and assisting one as he seeks to capture La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
Van Basten, a three-time Ballon d’Or winner, feels that Depp is an individual player who cannot fit in with a team like Barcelona. The former Dutch international is unsure whether the 27-year-old can adapt to Barcelona’s style of play, which requires all players to be involved in the construction.
“I doubt he is a Barcelona player,” said Van Basten. As quoted on Barca Bloggers.. “I’m sure Memphis is a good player, but I’m sure he’s an artist, an individual.”
“He does his job and keeps doing a little bit. I’m sure in such a big team, you have to be a team player. You have to attack as a group and share the ball. I think That he does a lot of his work, and I don’t know if that’s enough for an elite club. “
Depp is likely to question his compatriot’s allegations, especially after he started his Barcelona career well. The Netherlands forward has started all but one of Barcelona’s games this season, and is likely to. Continue as one of the first names on the team sheet under Kwamen.
The Dutchman is expected to return to Sergio Aguero after a calf injury that prevented Argentina from making their debut in Barcelona. DePay has teamed up with Real forward Karim Benzema to score the most goals in La Liga so far this season.