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De Jong, another midfielder reconverted like Touré Yaya or Mascherano

Published:30/10/2020 - 10:45h

Updated:30/10/2020 - 12:28h

After the injury of Ronald Araújo in the meeting in front of the 'Vecchia Signora', Frenkie of Jong had to reconvert his position to play at the side of Clement Lenglet

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In the past meeting of the FC Barcelona in the Champions League, Ronald Koeman resolved a setback of a really surprising form. After the pitido that indicated the way to the changing rooms after the first 45 minutes of game, Ronald Araújo communicated his injury in the biceps femoral and Frenkie of Jong, pivote title, suplió his drop in the centre of the saga.

Further that the Dutch fulfilled, of better or worse form, his feat, in front of the Juventus of Turín, this situation reflects the disastrous management of incorporations of summer that has made the entity barcelonista. The signing frustrated of Eric García and the impossibility to rid of the index card of Umtiti, that does not explain for Koeman, have conditioned completely the operation of the staff.

In the history of l Barça is not the first time that a midfield player occupies this position. It does some years had the case of Touré Yaya, a player of important offensive contribution that played a lot of parties of head office, including the final of the Champions in Rome. Definitely, midfield player that worked in this position with better performance was Javier Mascherano, that strengthened like defender title indisputable.

However, the profile of both footballers was totally distinct to the of Frenkie of Jong. In the first place, the Argentinian was a totally defensive midfield player and was evident that, with the years would finish in this position. On the other hand, the marfileño, in spite of being more offensive, had a prodigious physicist that allowed him defend without a lot of problems.

It could be Of Jong the fourth head office?

Of course, the Dutch footballer possesses the sufficient qualities to cover this gap in case that it was necessary. Already in the Ajax of Erik have Hag, played in some occasion of head office; this yes, always in a diagram with three defenders, with the help of two more expert mates in this position. In front of the Juve, surrendered quite well, although it did not go for nothing demanded, in any moment.

The big problem to situate to a player like Frenkie in this position is that desaprovecha his talent. That a player can work in a position does not mean that range it there was the best option. The maximum virtue of the exjugador of the Ajax is the one to break lines of pressure in driving, thing that will not be able to do like head office, as it would expose to too much danger.

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