Depay equals Johan Cryuff’s record after his hat-trick against Turkey

Memphis Depay of Netherlands
Memphis Depay of Netherlands

The Dutch forward put on an emphatic display against Turkey in the World Cup qualifiers.

Memphis Depay grabbed the headlines after scoring a stellar hat-trick against Turkey in the World Cup qualifiers.

Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands side thrashed the Turks 6-1 in the Group G clash and Depay stood out with an emphatic performance.

The Barcelona forward registered his first hat-trick with the national team and he also equalled Dutch legend Johan Cryuff’s goal record (33) in the process.

The win has put the Dutch side on the top of their group with 13 points and they are looking poised to qualify for the World Cup after agonisingly failing to do so in the previous edition.

Can Depay be the talisman in the absence of Lionel Messi?

Barca might be still reeling off the shock departure of Lionel Messi and adding to it, Griezmann’s deadline day loan transfer to Atletico Madrid.

The Catalan club are deprived of attacking options, with both Sergio Aguero and Ansu Fati still recovering from injury.

And it is high time for Depay to be the new leader in the attack although it would be a stretch to say he can fill in the shoes of the legendary Messi.

Depay’s free transfer can be argued as one of the biggest bargains in the summer window as he has been in sensational form this year.

The Dutch ace has adapted to Barca’s style of play like a duck to water, racking up 2 goals and an assist in 3 La Liga games so far.

Depay brings a lot of aspects to the table; from creating chances to scoring goals, Depays’ numbers are excellent and his style of play is similar to Messi’s.

Barca manager Ronald Koeman has huge trust in Depay as he was the one who engineered the transfer in the summer.