FC Barcelona’s summer signing Memphis Depay
has hit the ground running at his new club. After making his debut and netting
his first goal for the ‘Blaugranes’ in the friendly against Girona earlier, the
Dutchman truly stole the show in the 3-0 win against Stuttgart on Saturday.
The Dutch connection was on show for the
goal in the 21st minute-mark as Depay was brilliantly picked out via
a long ball by Frenkie de Jong, before the attacker unleashed a holy trinity of
touches to announce his arrival to the fans.
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Depay killed the looping ball and set
himself up for a shot with his first touch, beat the onrushing defender with the
next one before firing past the Stuttgart goalkeeper in style.
Watch the goal here:
Depay made his debut for Barcelona in the 3-1
win over Girona, in which he scored from the spot to get off the mark for the
La Liga giants. The 27-year-old forward has already been receiving praise for his
link-up play with his new teammates, particularly Frenchman Antoine Griezmann
and de Jong.
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Shortly after his goal, Depay played a
cheeky backheel to free Griezmann on the left wing, with the French striker
then squaring the ball for highly-rated 18-year-old Austrian Yusuf Demir to
score his first Barca goal.
Griezmann was also involved in the third goal,
playing Riqui Puig through on goal for the young midfielder to score his first goal
of the pre-season.
However, the standout from the match was
Depay’s sensational skill for the opening goal of the match.
Depay was signed from Ligue 1 side Lyon on
a free transfer in June. He is one of three free transfers the financially
unstable Catalan side have made this summer, with Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero
from Manchester City being the other two.
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The club is eyeing a return to domestic and
continental glory after being edged out in the La Liga title race by Atletico
Madrid and being dumped out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain in Dutch
coach Ronald Koeman’s first season in charge.