Bruno Genesio, the Lyon boss, has said that Memphis Depay responded well to being dropped from the first team and as a result he is now starting to show his true talents with the Ligue 1 side.
Depay, who moved to Lyon from Manchester United for €16 million in January 2016, had a good start in France and he was expected to become one of the teams core players in their domestic and European campaigns this season.
However, to his surprise Depay was placed on the substitutes’ bench for two of his nine league appearances this season. Furthermore, he was a conspicuous omission from the squad for their Ligue 1 encounter with Dijon in September.
Since then Depay has begun to find his good form and scored four goals in two top-flight starts. Last Sunday he scored a fantastic hat trick in the team’s 5 – 0 win at Troyes that elevated them to fourth place in the table.
Talking to RMC Genesio said, “I don’t know if I shook him up, but I’ve had some good discussions with him. Lately he’s sometimes been left out of the squad, sometimes on the bench, and I think that’s been beneficial for him.”
Genesio said that being on the bench caused him to ask “questions of himself” and he said that in training he has been a “different player to the one we saw at the start of the season.”
He added, “I’m happy he was rewarded with three goals, which is very important for a forward, but I’m also happy about his involvement in play, the structure of the team with him. He has looked very promising and he has to continue like that.”