Considered one of the most talented players of his generation, Frenkie de Jong is marking time with FC Barcelona. The Catalan club’s new coach Xavi has urged the Dutch midfielder to do more to become the team’s technical leader.
De Jong needs to do more according to Xavi.
The spotlight will be on a man on Saturday near Catalonia. Indeed, Xavi, who left Al Sadd in 2015 to finish his career as a player before starting that of coach, will take his first steps on the bench of his favorite club, FC Barcelona. A first derby against Espanyol for which the Spanish technician expects a good performance from his men, but especially from a player.
Xavi expects more from De Jong
This player is Frenkie de Jong (24 years old). Amen to take the lead on the technical level since the departure of Lionel Messi for Paris Saint-Germain, the Dutch midfielder has had much more trouble since the start of the season. A lesser influence which does not allow his partners, for some much younger, to regain a lost confidence. Hence Xavi’s exit to encourage him to do more.
Frenkie is a player who must be very important to us. He has to make the difference, reach the surface, break lines and score goals. He must be the key to the team , hammered the 2010 world champion. He did not escape the Barcelona technician that the Batavian had not yet scored in 15 games this season when he had found the net 7 times (for 7 decisive assists) during the last exercise.
De Jong will have to do without Pedri
A speech all the more real that De Jong will still have to make without his midfield sidekick, Pedri, for several more weeks. Indeed, the Spanish jewel has relapsed from his hamstring injury and is expected to miss an additional month of competition. If the Oranje wants to quickly reassure his new mentor, he will have to do it this Saturday against neighbor Espanyol before returning to Benfica, Villarreal, Betis and Bayern.
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