In a day in which the absolute protagonism of the Blaugrana news is dominated by many names such as Ansu Fati or Ousmane Dembélé, it is worth highlighting the hero who last night saved Xavi Hernández’s men in Mendizorroza: Frenkie de Jong. Last night the Dutchman, beyond the goal, had a great performance against Alavés.
With meters in the opposite field to run and with dangerous approaches to the rival area, he was one of the best inside the field, although he was also outside. In the microphones of Ricardo Rosety, from Movistar Plus, he dedicated a ‘stick’ to Laporta about being proud of the defeat against Real Madrid.
Absolute prominence for a De Jong who has been criticized for part of the season. The reasons for his poor performance this season remain unknown and Ronald De Boer, a compatriot and former Barcelona soccer player interviewed in El País, assessed how he sees the player and pointed to the culprit behind his poor performance.
“He (Frenkie de Jong) is still a great player for Barça. But right now, when I see him move on the pitch, he gives me the impression that he does it very shyly. He doesn’t show the energy that he normally has. He seems a bit lost. He doesn’t look happy”, criticized De Boer when asked about his compatriot.
The former FC Barcelona player expands on the reasons for the Dutchman’s lack of performance and points directly to one of the ‘holy cows’, Sergio Busquets: “The continuous change of coaches could have affected him. In addition to the fact that Busquets continues to be starting midfielder. That’s his best position. It’s a role he could play very well because he’s capable of defending very well. He’s fast, tall to win aerial duels, he covers a lot of space…”.
De Boer defends a commitment to youth, a firm step by the Barça team that would come from the hand of a step back from Sergio Busquets: “Busquets is an incredible player but he needs a lot of protection. If he has to cover a lot of the field he is in trouble. This It conditions the whole team and also De Jong. I would put him at six. He is the future. Busquets is finishing his career. I am a lover of Busquets. But he has his years and sometimes the clubs and the coaches hold on for too long to footballers who must step aside. The future is De Jong, Gavi, Pedri, Nico… With those they have an incredible midfield!”, he stated in an interesting interview with the newspaper El País.