Frenkie de Jong ante la Real Sociedad


This is how Barça's midfield could be without Frenkie de Jong

Published:12/05/2022 - 22:19h

Updated:12/05/2022 - 22:19h

In the last few hours, rumors have increased regarding the possible departure of Frenkie de Jong from FC Barcelona, a player who would leave a 'hole' in the midfield: Does Xavi have what to 'supply' him with?

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The Fc Barcelona would have decided to put on sale to Frenkie of Jong to be able to generate 'fair play' financial in an operation that aims to be millionaire. The blaugrana will ask more than 70 million euros and will be varied the clubs that will be in the 'bidding' by his traspaso; the Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain between them. If it leaves the Dutch, there will be a 'hole' in the centre of the field.

Frenkie Is an indisputable headline for the Barça. In this season has contested 3.347 minutes, being the fourth player that more time of game has seen this season with the T-shirt blaugrana, by behind Sergio Busquets (4.240), Marc-André ter Stegen (4.200) and Jordi Alba (3.712). Xavi Hernández has it 'adopted' as a key player in his approach and, when it has not played, always is by rest.

And it is that, although it is true that the international with the Oranje has not exploded all his potential in the Barça, as yes it did it in the Ajax, is a footballer that has showed to be important and that has 'strolled' practically by all thefield , playing mainly like interior, but also like pivote and central (with Ronald Koeman, in cases of emergency, during the past season). If it goes , how it remains the Barça?

The answer goes to be ambigüa and will depend on how Xavi Hernández fit all the pieces, that will not be few. Will have to disposal a few: Sergio Busquets, Pedri González, Gavi, Nico, Pablo Tower and Franck Kessié, in principle, waiting for that decide if Carlos Soler will arrive or no to the Camp Nou (for the moment, is a real option and the footballer would be had to expect by the club blaugrana to leave to Valencia).

The case is that Xavi will have a lot of work to configure his centre of the field, taking in account that predictably will follow betting by three players in the medullary and that, besides, Busquets and Pedri have the poster of intocables. The one of Badía will contest the one who would be his last season in the Barcelona picture, whereas the one of Tegueste is the big illusion of the barcelonismo and a player that has left clear that will mark a period in the midfield culé.

Like this then , in a diagram 'normal' and as it has seen in some parties in this season, Xavi would bet by Busquets like defensive pivote, accompanied by Pedri and Gavi like interiors. It is the alternative of Pablo Tower, the one who is -of the signings- the one who easier would fit in the approach of the trainer egarense, place can assume the role of interior in the drawing.

Tower, in any case, would be also feasible in a square (with 3-4-3) beside Busquets, Pedri and Gavi, but also could appear like alternative like long left side to achieve superiority. It is a player that can amoldearse without problem and that still has a lot of margin of improvement, although it has left more than good impressions.

In the Racing of Santander has showed to have a control, pass and for turning with autonomy, with a very very accertada taking of decisions and driving. The Barça has signed to a very intelligent player and that knows how take responsibilities. Only it remains to see how it fits in the elite, but from the club bet because it repeat the history of Pedri. It would be the big joy of the blaugrana.

The uncertainty of Kessié

Although with Tower the things are very clear, with Franck Kessié the situation is not so clear and will test, without place to doubts, to Xavi Hernández. The still player of the AC Milan will arrive like free agent in the summer and is a footballer that does not have still the Barça and that, in theory, does not have the profile that the Barcelona look for always in his midfield players.

It accustoms to play as double pivote in a 4-2-3-1and Pioli has it 'descartado' in the 4-3-3. It is a player that, although 'grow' in the defensive facet, in the offensive little appears. Has minimum hit and, in definite, will be a player that will have to adapt first and that probably will not be to title of start.

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