Memphis Depay said he will forever be a risk-taker and his priorities are goals and assists, not defending
Lyon were beaten in this fixture last season, with the winger having a shocker, but the Dutchman will not play it safe this time around, GOAL reports.
The 23-year-old Depay made clear what his priorities are, saying he can’t be expected to excel defensively.
The Dutch winger has already scored 7 goals in 14 games this season, contributing to Lyon’s fight for a Champions League spot in Ligue 1.
Les Gones have won their last 5 games ahead of Sunday’s Rhone derby against Saint-Etienne. After the match last year, Memphis Depay came in for heavy criticism.
He was rated 2/10 in L’Equipe’s infamous player ratings and became a viral sensation for all the wrong reasons, playing a backheel pass to nobody and seeing an attempted bicycle kick shot fall flat, GOAL continues.
Although Lyon lost that game 2-0, the Dutchman won’t change his style of play as they return to Saint-Etienne.
“I take risks, sometimes I lose the ball, it happens, this is the football,” Depay told L’Equipe.
“If you want a left winger who plays simple, I’m not the good player,” the 23-year-old added.
Depay said he sees himself as a creative player, not just an average winger.
“Of course, I can play simple, but I’m also a player who can dribble, create. If I look [at] me in the mirror, I see a creative player.”
“The coach asks me a lot of effort, and I try to do what he asks me [but] I’m not a left-back,” he said about his efforts on defense.
Depay said he focuses on what is expected of him and tries to do his best.
“The most important for me, what is expected of me, are goals and assists. For the rest, I do my best.”
The Dutchman concluded by saying he doesn’t listen to the criticism he receives on social media.
“I’ve always been criticised, but the important that’s what my team thinks. Others, I don’t care about their opinion, they speak in the void. Social networks give them a voice, but I don’t listen it.”