Much of Barcelona underestimates Ronald Koeman. They have a Blaugrana blindfold over their eyes, a Laportista blindfold who detests Bartomeu and who cannot see beyond the electoralist proclamations that should have already passed away. That sector culer, rejects almost everything that comes from the previous presidency and continues to call for the resignation of Ronald Koeman because, according to them, he does not have the sufficient level to be the manager of Barcelona. All his successes on the Camp Nou bench contradict his version. The Dutchman’s trajectory is highly commendable.
Ronald Koeman has come to Barcelona in a time of crisis and transition, with the need to take a step forward, leave behind the old standards and overcome the loss of Lionel Messi. Koeman has been clear from minute one and has not asked for large outlays. In his freshman year, he asked Memphis Depay, but couldn’t make it and settled. Then he started looking at the quarry and betting on young players. He gave newcomer Pedri confidence, demanded Ansu Fati to step forward and integrated Ronald Araújo, Óscar Mingueza and Illaix into the first team. Five new players in the First Division and a Copa del Rey. Not bad for a stormy season.
The summer passed, he managed to continue at Barcelona and his demand came: Memphis Depay. The Dutchman, express request of Koeman, has arrived as free player and with a salary less than his cache, although it will improve by performance, since it is about three million euros plus bonus. It only took two games to find out that Koeman, once again, was right.
Memphis Depay has not hidden from the serious situation that accompanies the culés. Not even with the departure of Lionel Messi. His feet have not trembled. The attacker has taken a step forward and has identified the Blaugrana needs to solve them on the pitch. It only took two games to command, two games to convince, an assist and a goal to inspire. He assisted Piqué to open the scoring against Real Sociedad and scored the goal that saved the furniture against Athletic. A differential player, a footballer adn Koeman.