Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman sung the praises of Memphis Depay after the attacker continued his fine form against Belgium.
Depay set up Arnaut Groeneveld’s equaliser to help Netherlands to a 1-1 draw in the friendly in Brussels on Tuesday.
That came three days after the Lyon man scored in his team’s stunning 3-0 Nations League win over Germany, while Depay has a goal and two assists in Ligue 1 this season.
Koeman was full of praise for the 24-year-old, who played 90 minutes in both games this international break.
“He’s great, he’s turning into a top player. That’s great, we need that, especially in attacking positions,” he said.
“He’s showing that at Lyon, and at Oranje now as well.”
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Koeman said Depay was unfairly judged, having struggled during a stay of a season and a half at Manchester United.
“He knows he’s one of the first names I write down every time. He feels that, he talks about that,” he said.
“He needs to be important outside of the pitch too. He’s doing great, he’s grown a lot. He works with his team-mates. Many people have a wrong idea of him.
“I once talked to him when we wanted to bring him in at Everton from Man United and we immediately had a connection.
“He has freedom here, that’s what he needs to be the best Memphis. He can do that in this team. When he’s a lone striker he tends to drift back too much, so we have a hole up front.
“But when he plays between the lines, like in the last part, he was so strong. He’s turning, attacking, he’s a joy to watch.”
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