A new beginning for De Jong
Chosen best midfielder of Europe by UEFA last August and ranked seventh in the The best that took Leo Messi, in Barcelona nobody doubts the entity as a footballer of Frenkie de Jong (12-5-1997). The arrival of Setien, coach who gives high priority to the midfielder, is a new and exciting start for the Dutchman. But also a start. De Jong chose Barcelona for its sports stability instead of the economic temptations of PSG or the City and, 17 years later, the club dismissed a coach. De Jong, an investment of 86 million euros from Barça, is a huge player, but he needs a stir. 2. 3 LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 22, 2020 The beginning of De Jong has been gaseous. After a promising start, with excellent preseason games and exhibitions against him Valencia or in Eibar, went off to get into a small crisis. De Jong disappointed in the Classic, where he Madrid dominated in the center of the field and his figure waned while others, like that of Fede Valverde, grew up in the rival. Maybe because I needed a break, the year ended on the bench. He was substitute before the Alaves. The beginning of 2020 was even worse. In Cornellá He lived his first black night. He was expelled in the derby before the Spanish for two absurd offenses, the second one after an innocent loss. And the thing did not improve in the Arabia Super Cup. De Jong came out in the picture of the last goals of the Athletic. De Jong is not a player of making numbers, but he also craves a goal and two assists in 26 games for a player with that price. The cache with which he was incorporated into Barça forces him to something else. Maybe Setién knows how to play new keys in the former player of the Ajax. Critics with Valverde reproached him that the center of the field had lost prominence. Although that remains to be seen, it is clear that the arrival of the Cantabrian coach strengthens the figure of the midfielder. De Jong also has to take a step forward and begin to justify the expectations with which he arrived at Barça. Being Europe’s best midfielder for UEFA, like its natural talent, demands much more.