Weekend Reads Jong, which has become indispensable at Barça

21:45  21 april  2021
21:45  21 april  2021 Source:   sport24.lefigaro.fr

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  De Jong, devenu indispensable au Barça © Panoramic

He had exploded in the eyes of Football Europe on the occasion of the exceptional AJAX Champions League Campaign in 2019. First choice performance for Such a young player (he was 21 years old) who had invited Barça to pay some 85 million euros as early as January, six months before the Dutch was not elected best C1 midship for the 2018-2019 season. After a first adaptation season in a barça in reconstruction (two coaches last season), Jong Frenkie (23 years old) is one of the flagship elements in the end of the Catalan season, still in the race to win the Liga.

And on the occasion of the reception of Getafe this Thursday (22h), the battle should again play the first roles. History of confirming its partition in King's Cup Final against Bilbao (4-0) , where he had radiated with a goal but also two decisive passes, including the first to Antoine Griezmann for the opening of the score. "We have seen the best of the Dutch" wrapped the Catalan press, like Mundo Deportivo evoking the "Jong Coronation". "I do not know if it's my best game with Barça or No, but I'm especially very happy," he said after his first title with Blaugrana. A title and a cutting campaign that clearly affect the seal of number 21, victorious scorer in eighth on the lawn of Rayo Vallecano (2-1) then during the miracle of Granada (5-3, a.p.). Two goals to punish its resplendent form of form early 2021 (5 goals in 9 games in one month) but also and especially its new importance, exceeding the simple framework of the mastery of the ball, of which he is one of the prominent football specialists current.

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He has evolved in central defense

and for cause, in club, it is not as in selection. And even if he found Ronald Koeman, Barça's new coach who launched him with the Oranjes in September 2018. A coach who detects a very clear evolution of his player, beyond his statistical impact: "C ' is a more complete player now than when he played for Ajax. He creates and brand more. " And yet, from Jong was released several times in his comfort zone this season, wandered with the desires and devices of his coach. Income for several matches in the field, where it expresses it best, "FDJ" has experienced several positions including that of attacker, but also ... of central defender, where Koeman had bet to install him in a defense at three, because of several injuries in this sector.

"I prefer to play in the middle, but if it's better for the team that I play central defender or in another position, I will do it," entrusted the person after the success ripped against Valladolid in early April (1-0 ) Always ready to render service, the Dutch International (25 selections, 1 goal) has brilliantly played the role of Swiss knife to take the galle in a staff of stars where it is now a must attend, testify its 19 endorsements. Now that he found his favorite position, just in front of Sergio Busquets, he could be one of the craftsmen of a final triumph still unsuspected several months ago.

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