Dutch national team tactician, Ronald Koeman also commented on the criticism received by his player, Frenkie De Jong. Poor performance of the player at Barcelona is considered reasonable, because just undergoing the inaugural season at the club.
In last season’s campaign, Frenkie De Jong was one of Europe’s best young players. He performed brilliantly with Ajax Amsterdam, leading the club to reach the European Champions League semifinals.
The opportunity of the transfer market last summer was then used by Barcelona to redeem De Jong for 75 million euros.
Unfortunately, until now, many people think that de Jong hasn’t played as expected. His performance is still less consistent so he does not contribute much to Barcelona.
Apart from the criticism obtained, the Dutch national team coach claimed to have been quite satisfied with the fact that De Jong had the opportunity to play more at Barcelona.
“De Jong has many opportunities to play at Barca and that is something positive for me,” Koeman told Goal International.
Meanwhile, about the midfielder’s performance that is considered not according to expectations, Koeman gave his opinion.
In addition to the adaptation process in the first season, De Jong also said that he played in an unusual position. However, Koeman realized that it was the Barcelona coach’s decision.
“I think he played in a different position from his usual position. But that is all the absolute decision of the coach “He said.
However, the former Everton coach did not doubt De Jong’s quality. With a very young age, Koeman believes De Jong will study in his new position.
“He is still very young, and with the many hours of play he gets, he will learn many things. But I think he plays in a different position than the position he played with me in the National Team.” he said.
Please note, De Jong himself has so far appeared in 36 matches for Barcelona in all competitions. His record, the player has packed two goals and four assists.
Unfortunately, De Jong was unable to help Barca win points when they travel to the Santiago Bernabeu last weekend. At that time the Catalan giants were defeated with a final score of 0-2.