Memphis Depay thinks he can also achieve a high return from the side, although he has not yet scored in Orange this calendar year. Under the previous national coach Ronald Koeman, he formed a very effective combination as a striker with Georginio Wijnaldum, who played right behind him.
‘A good Memphis always plays’
“I can play on the left and in the striker,” Memphis said on Saturday at the Orange press conference in Zeist. “And when I’m on the outside, Wijnaldum is still playing close to me and I can still come in. Then I end up in the same place as when I played in the striker.”
The new national coach Frank de Boer chooses the last international matches for Luuk de Jong in the point, who Memphis still knows from the 2014/2015 season at PSV.
“Then I was also on the left,” Memphis continued. “I am familiar with the striker position, but also with the spot on the left. And I know Luuk’s qualities. He is stable on the ball, can drop a ball and I can give him a cross, because he has a fantastic header. Luuk can score , I can score. That has not happened in the last international matches, but it can come out now. “
It seems that in the Nations League match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, De Boer will again choose De Jong as the forward and Memphis as a left winger, although the national coach did not want to give up his line-up yet. It is not the case for him that the Orange will no longer start with Memphis in the striker and Wijnaldum just behind.
“It is now important to see who is available and who is in the best form,” said De Boer. “A good Memphis always plays. Then I look at the possibilities on the left and what is possible in the striker. With an opponent who collapses and where we are in their penalty area a lot, it might be logical to start with Luuk. other times it may be different. “
According to De Boer, Memphis can also be of great value to the Orange from the left. “With his creativity and purpose he can fill it in fantastically. And he has enough experience as a left winger.”
The Netherlands-Bosnia and Herzegovina starts on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Johan Cruijff ArenA and is led by French referee François Letexier. Three days later, the Orange closes the group stage of the Nations League with an away game in Chorzow against Poland.