Using Statistics to Determine Memphis Depay’s Role at Barcelona

Memphis Depay of Holland. (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Memphis Depay of Holland. (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

With FC Barcelona announcing the signing of forward Memphis Depay until the 2022-2023 season, it is imperative to look at some basic statistics to understand and forecast how he will impact this Barcelona squad. After all, it is claimed that statistics don’t lie, so let’s take a look at they apply for the dutchman.

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According to statistics database FBref, for the 2020-2021 year for Lyon in France’s Ligue 1, Memphis scored 20 goals, assisted 12, had a Goals + Assist average of 0.99 per 90 minutes, and a respectable 70% passing completion rate. These are impressive statistics for any forward, especially a player like Depay who his entering his prime age, and who has been dominating French Football for a while now. With these numbers noted, it is key to analyze how this will impact his performance at Barcelona.

The 20 goal mark is a fine mark for any attacking forward, and his pace, mobility, and experience can lead to him being either a direct or complementary goalscorer.

What makes Depay even more versatile, however, is that his playmaking skills are sharp. 12 assists is a solid mark to hit in the season, however, one can imagine with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Leo Messi, Pedri, and Ansu Fati at his disposal, Depay’s playmaking may see an upsurge. Combine this with his 70% passing completion rate, and it is clear that Depay can turn out to be an effective playmaker and an integral part of ball movement in the attacking third. His Goals + Assist an average of 0.99 per 90 minutes means that Depay can efficiently impact goal involvement per game, if he is given playing time and is in form.

Statistics show Memphis Depay can have a strong role in attacking play

Positionally is where the team will have to experiment to see his best fit. With there being a plethora of talent in the wing positions, Depay might be the attacking spark plug in the center midfield portion of the pitch, sharing the midfield with the likes of technical Sergio Busquets and maestro Frenkie De Jong. Depay can play a sort of ‘architect’ role in goal creation, either by setting up plays, or popping in goals himself.

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The statistics foretell a positive role for Memphis Depay in Barcelona. Whether the skill gap between France and Spain will impact his performance is something that fans and pundits alike will be eager to see.