De Jong once again impressive on the pitch: starting material?
- De Jong played 45 minutes in the game against Kobe.
- The Dutchman contributed with a lot in terms of attack: 38 passes, several chances created.
- Frenkie is also particularly good defensively: four interceptions.
Frenkie de Jong once again impressed the fans with his almost perfect display. In total, the Dutchman played 90 minutes in the two pre-season matches (vs Chelsea and Vissel Kobe), although he is yet to play from start.
Nonetheless, the two halves of football he played have been enough to prove his worth. In the match against the Japanese side, Frenkie once again entered the pitch after the half time playing in the midfield (interior right) alongside Sergi Roberto and Carles Alena.
De Jong's record vs Kobe:
- 40 passes
- 95% passing accuracy
- 4 interceptions
- 0 lost balls
- 1 shot
The 22-year-old has been one of the main men in Barca's attack constantly carrying the ball forward. Moreover, the Dutch international showed a great link-up with Ousmane Dembele, creating several good chances for the right-winger.
Moreover, Catalan-based Diario Sport also praise Frenkie for his defensive display. The midfielder ended up intercepting the ball four times thanks to his good positioning. Although the Catalans reportedly plan to improve his physical conditions, it seems that De Jong already has everything it takes to become a starter next season.
Barca have three more pre-season games left: Joan Gamper Trophy against Arsenal and two games against Napoli in USA. Although Ernesto is still to trust the Dutchman with a starting role, the coach has hinted recently that Ivan Rakitic, how played in the right interior position last season, could lose his spot.
Do you expect De Jong to become a starter?