Genesio defends Depay displays

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has defended the performances of his January signing Memphis Depay after the Dutch winger came under severe criticism by fans on social media.

Depay joined the Ligue 1 side for a reported fee of £22 million after failing to cement himself as a first-team regular at Manchester United – and was widely expected to rekindle the form that made him the best young forward in Europe while with PSV Eindhoven.

However, after his first four games in France, more notably the 2-0 defeat to St Etienne on Sunday, the 22-year-old received a 2/10 rating from French publication L'Equipe for his dismal display.

A few of his failed tricks and an embarrassing attempt at an overhead kick were shared by many of the club's fans on social media, claiming he may have been a failed investment this early in his career at Les Gones.

Despite all the pressure surrounding his future, his manager Genesio feels he just needs time to return to form and gain the confidence that he had during his time in the Eredivisie.

"Memphis has not played for some time. He is full of quality, he is a player in whom I have complete confidence," he said after the game.

"It is simply necessary that he regains rhythm, a physical level that allows him to express his qualities. There is no concern about that."