How did De Jong fare on his official Barca debut?
- The Dutchman replaced Busquets as a pivot.
- He completed 94% of his passes and managed two successful dribbles.
- Moreover, he won six individual duels.
Frenkie de Jong completed the full 90 minutes of the disappointing 1-0 Athletic Bilbao defeat on the La Liga Matchday One. Even though he was often isolated as a pivot because his fellow midfielders advanced to join the attack, the Dutchman left a decent impression with his display.
Once again, De Jong proved an almost perfect passing accuracy rate: he completed 94% of his total passes. He also touched the ball 75 times, won two fouls and completed two successful dribbles. Moreover, the tiny Dutchman managed to win SIX individual duels, an incredible achievement.
Take a look at De Jong's heat map:
De Jong's perfectionism was particularly noticed during Barcelona's flight back to the Catalan capital after the 4-0 Napoli win. Unlike his teammates, the Dutchman wasn't playing any games or watching any TV series. Instead, he was reviewing the highlights of the game.