Frenkie de Jong performs at Barça outside his comfort zone

first_imgThe team, De Ligt and Schöne had become so accustomed to Frenkie’s work that it was impossible to give up. That is the final product for which the Barcelona He paid 86 million euros: a midfielder who used to go down to the defensive line to get the ball played and build the plays from the left side of the field (Ziyech was responsible, from the right, make them effective). “I asked Frenkie, are you a 10? How many goals scored? He is the one who makes the attacks happen, the one who assists the assistants,” said Ten Hag.The figures in his almost one hundred games as ajacied (6 goals and 11 assists) are very poor and most of his pre-goal passes started in the second or third quarter of the field and ended outside the area, unlike the three he has gifted so far as culé, they have finished in the area.Barça did not sign a box-to-box, although now it is what, both Valverde how Setien and part of the hobby, they are looking for. However, their statistical averages per game are very similar to their time in Ajax. Although it is true that he does not steal so much for the most advanced position, his success in passes is greater, although those of now are of greater difficulty in the area from which he gives them. He is self-critical: “The grade I give myself is a 6, my performance can be better.” However, and despite having taken him out of his comfort zone, he continues to play at the level with which he dominated Europe last year. Since I debuted in September 2016 with the first team, From Jong played 89 games with him Ajax and went through several positions. Mainly, from pure midfielder to the left-handed interior or second pivot position, passing through the famous false central position with which a name was made in Europe.After this commented explosion as a false center next to From Ligt, in which the 21 carried the full weight of the distribution of the ball, a debate was generated about the position of this diamond in the rough. Frenkie himself and Have hag, who found this resource for which he opted Marcel Keizer before the plague of injuries between their defenses, they got tired of repeating in the summer of 2018 that their position was that of midfielder and that they would return to it as soon as they had a new center (Daley blind). So it was, and De Jong returned to the center of the field. “We had a ‘6’ (Schöne) and we achieved two ‘6’ “, explained Ten Hag a few days ago. However, the habits he acquired in his days as central (he really did not even reach mid-season in that position) continued to repeat them from the middle of the field (of done, on the same left side).last_img read more