Barcelona have had a problem in front of goal this season, having scored just 11 times in seven games compared to Real Madrid’s 22, but they could already have the answer in Memphis Depay, who has just made goalscoring history with the Netherlands.
With 14 strikes in 14 games for the Dutch national team in 2021, Memphis has scored more goals in a calendar year than any Netherlands forward in history. His double against Gibraltar took him ahead of Patrick Kluivert, who scored 12 in 2000, and he was already in front of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who netted 11 in 2010.
The Blaugrana forward is also the top scorer in World Cup qualifying with nine strikes. That kind of firepower is something Barcelona could really use right now.
On an individual level, Memphis has had a decent start to life at the Camp Nou, scoring three and assisting one in his first seven LaLiga Santander games, but the team needs him to step up a gear and deliver like he does for his country.
Memphis will certainly return from international duty on a high and this couldn’t come at a better time for Barcelona as they seek to turn their season around and hit the ground running after the break, with their next LaLiga Santander games coming against Valencia and Real Madrid.
Those two fixtures at the Camp Nou will be huge and Koeman’s not-so-secret weapon will play a big part in any success Barcelona are to have in those games.