Memphis Depay, a striker for Barcelona, has complained about Xavi Hernandez’s lack of playing time for him.
Depay, who started Barcelona’s previous two La Liga games for Xavi, said that it was insufficient because he needs more playing time.
After moving to Barcelona on a free transfer from Lyon, the former Manchester United player concluded the previous season as the club’s leading scorer.
But this season, it appears that the Netherlands international has slipped in Barcelona’s pecking order behind Xavi.
To lead Barca’s assault line, Xavi has favored players like Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele, and Raphinha, with Depay being an unused substitute in the first four games.
“I played less than usual and it’s not something I am used to. But here you know you are going to play, so I am extra motivated and thankful.”
He added, “I had two starting spots in the last two weeks in La Liga. It’s not enough.
“I get taken off after 60 minutes, but I am longing for more. In the last 25 minutes of the game, there is more space and I always have the power to profit from that.”