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Spanish Super Cup: De Jong’s life backwards | sports

Luuk de Jong scores a goal under Courtois’ eyes.Albert gea

Frenkie de Jong (Arkel, Netherlands, 24 years old) left the King Fahad International Stadium with his head bowed and shuffling, dejected because he did not uncork his football, a useful player to get out of trouble on his field and to put into practice the defense to the man because he has plenty of physique, but sterile in the forward positions and anonymous in the rival area. Deficiencies that put into question his everlasting ownership and a whole inverse curve to what happens with Luuk de Jong (Aigle, Switzerland; 31 years old), forward did not count for the coach or the sports area, to the point that he was looking for accommodation and almost did not go to Cádiz, now a player assembled in the eleven for their merits and goals. The upside down life.

About the horn and how gift to Koeman, Luuk de Jong arrived at Barça in the last days of the summer market, the sports area resigned because the money was not enough for more. “It brought something different, but there were doubts that it would win a spot. Although he understood his role from the beginning because he is very intelligent ”, explains a club worker, aware that they were getting a substitute for Sevilla. And his first months were horrible because he played little and badly, out of step with Barça football, always with a crooked sight as evidenced against Dinamo or Benfica, also Cádiz, Granada, Osasuna and Rayo. He even lost the confidence of the coach, who put the young Jutglà before him. But when he seemed sentenced, the goal was enlarged.

He counts 25 shots and 10 of them between the sticks (0.67%) -only behind the records of Memphis (1.13%) and Ansu (0.89%) -, with three running goals in the last duels (Mallorca, Granada and Madrid). “How am I going to get him out?” Asked Xavi after falling in the Super Cup; “If he continues to perform like this, scoring, he will continue playing.” Surprise nose is that of the striker, who has become a foothold when no one had him, a figure that complements the team because the attacks seek amplitude and extremes to supply him with aerial balls. This is how Ancelotti appreciated it: “Barcelona has caused us problems with centers, something they don’t usually do.” Luuk had it clear since he arrived: “They signed me so that I could change the tactic.” An understanding that, however, is diluted with Frenkie.

When Xavi was asked about Memphis before Madrid, he pointed out: “Those who win it and have more merit will play.” And he sat down the attacker. It remains to be seen if the same happens with Frenkie, fourth with the most minutes in the course (1,901), behind Memphis (1,946), Ter Stegen (2,280) and Busquets (2,372). The competition is overwhelming in the axis because the ownership of Busquets is discounted, in addition to the settlement of Gavi and the strength of Nico, until now punished by regulations because LaLiga demands to always have seven first team players on the pitch and otherwise you could incur misalignment. It also happens that Pedri is already added to the equation, whom Xavi has asked to channel the offensives. A task in which De Jong, the third most successful passes in the opposite field (789), is entangled, behind Busquets (1,254) and Alba (936), but only with two assists. Less than Alba (6), Gavi and Dest (3), and on a par with Nico, Mingueza, Memphis and Dembélé.

But Xavi demands that the media connect with the tips in advantageous positions. “That is the Frenkie we want,” he praised after Villarreal. Although after Osasuna he criticized it. “He, like the other players, has to learn to see when to break into space or maintain possession.” Even the fans whistled at him for the first time in three courses, after he was replaced against Elche and it was confirmed that he is far from being the player who marveled at Ajax. Xavi replied saying that it is “non-transferable and that it” needs help to develop. ” But Frenkie runs out of credit. The opposite of what happens to Luuk.

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