Ronald de Boer believes that Frenkie De Jong’s game has been affected by the fact that his natural position is filled in by Sergio Busquets

Ronald de Boer believes that Frenkie De Jong’s game has been affected by the fact that his natural position is filled in by Sergio Busquets

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24 Jan 2022
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De Boer, who is currently a coach at the Ajax academy, stressed that Busquets might have to step aside to allow De Jong to cover the holding midfielder’s position.

Busquet affects De Jong’s playing quality

Former Barcelona midfielder Ronald de Boer believes that Frenkie De Jong’s game has been affected by the fact that his natural position is filled in by Sergio Busquets. De Boer, who is currently a coach at the Ajax academy, stressed that Busquets might have to step aside to allow De Jong to cover the holding midfielder’s position. “Busquets is an incredible player, but he needs a lot of protection,” De Boer told reporters. “If he has to cover a lot of the field, he is in trouble. This affects the whole team and also De Jong. De Jong is the future. Busquets’ career is ending. I love Busquets. But he is of an age, and sometimes clubs and coaches cling too long to players who must step aside. The future is De Jong, Gavi, Pedri, Nico Gonzalez playing in the midfield. With those players, Barcelona have an incredible midfield.”

Frenkie doesn’t show the energy that he normally has

De Jong has failed to impress at Barcelona after his move from Ajax back in 2019, and he has recently been at the receiving end of criticism. De Boer explained the reasons behind his compatriot’s drop in form. “De Jong is still a great player for Barcelona,” added De Boer. “But right now, when I see him move on the pitch, he gives me the impression that he does it very shyly. He doesn’t show the energy that he normally has. He seems a bit lost. He doesn’t look happy. The continuous changes of coaches could have affected him and the fact that Busquets continues to be a starter in De Jong’s best position in the midfield. It’s a role he could play very well because he’s capable of defending very well. He’s fast, tall enough to win aerial duels; he covers a lot of space.”

 

“Along with N’Golo Kante, De Jong is one of the best. But Frenkie’s versatility is unique: no midfielder can move as naturally as a No.6 and as a No.8.”

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