In the second half of the game, the Dutchman produced an exceptional move, coming out of the opponent's pressure, making an impressive run and providing a line-breaking pass for Patrick van Aanholt. Unfortunately for Frenkie, the pass was intercepted.
De Jong's stats vs Ukraine, as per SofaScore
- 90 minutes played
- 113 touches
- 89/97 passes completed
- 2 key passes
- 3/5 long balls completed
- 5/6 dribbles completed
- 9/11 ground duels won
- 2/2 aerials won
- 3 fouls won
- 2 interceptions
- 1 tackle
Football fans praise new England star with 'Bielsa effect' – one suggests him to Barca to complement De Jong & Pedri
Phillips was the only player on either side to complete all of his pass attempts in the first half against Croatia (18/18), and no player completed more long passes than him (3), as per Opta.
Here's the 25-year-old delivering the assist that led to Raheem Sterling's winner.
@ChrisPereira: "If #Barca are having trouble looking for a dynamic midfielder to play with Pedri and De Jong, they could do with giving Kalvin Phillips a look tbh"
Other fans on Twitter gushed about Phillips after the game.
Why De Jong and Pedri ranked above Mbappe among world's most valuable players right now – explained
Some fans on social media have said that CIES' algorithm makes no sense and thus we've decided to explain the Football Observatory's reasoning which includes such factors as contract duration, sporting level, economic level, inflation, performances, career progression, international status and age,
Let's start with Foden.
That's where Phil gets 10 out of 10 points for performances, career progression and age.
Foden is tied with City until 2024 and it would be no surprise if he extends it this summer on improved terms after such a phenomenal campaign - contract duration also adds few dozen of millions to his market value.
The attacking midfielder only has six caps for England but he's expected to be Gareth Southgate's first-choice option at the upcoming European Championship so international status is also covered.
Let's move on to the two factors that depend on Foden's club - City have absolutely no reason to sell the 21-year-old given their economic and sporting levels. Hence, any club will have to make some astronomical offer to City of land their prized asset anytime soon.
Now we're moving on to the Barcelona duo.
De Jong is out of contract in 2026 while Pedri's deal expires in 2022 with Barca having an option to extend it by two years.
The Dutchman and the Spaniard are now 24 and 18 respectively and have everything to become the Blaugrana legends given their performances this season.
Both will also feature at the upcoming Euros while it is hard to imagine Barca accepting any offer for either player anytime soon, even considering the club's dire financial situation, as the pair are seen as the club's future.
Now let's compare it all to Mbappe.
There's probably no need to explain that the Frenchman is one of the best players in the world right now and Paris Saint-Germain are ready to give their all to keep him at the Parc des Princes for the years to come.
The only thing that puts the 22-year-old in the 12th spot on the list is his contract situation at PSG.
Thus, PSG would arguably be open to selling Kylian for €118.3m rather than losing him on a free transfer next year.