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The challenge, revealed: Frenkie de Jong's obligation at Barça

Published:22/01/2022 - 16:42h

Updated:22/01/2022 - 20:39h

Frenkie de Jong is one of the players who has been 'marked' this season. The Dutchman is still not at his best level and lost the status of undisputed starter. Now he has a big challenge ahead

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It is being a season complicated for Frenkie de Jong. It expected that it was a year in which the tulip assumed chevrons in the FC Barcelona and stepped extra to turn into an of the leaders on the terrain of game, but has been all the contrary. It is in a situation more than difficult, place has lost the poster to title indisputable and, to this point, has to 'fear' of Gavi or Nico González.

The answer to the exigiencia has been invalid. The Barça is to the 'wait' that De Jong 'react', but could be living his last opportunities. It is in the moment in which it has to take a step forward and show that it can be important for the team directed by Xavi Hernández, because the competition in his position can be fierce, now that Pedri González has returned of his injury and has showed to the one hundred by one hundred in the two parties that has played.

The letters are on the table and is the turn of Frenkie to play. Xavi has sent him a very clear message, in press conference, with which has desvelado which is the challenge of the Dutch to be still in the Barça. "It has to be an important player", has said the trainer egarense, that trusts that "it will be it" in the short term. It is the only way to be followed and the motivation of the ex of the Ajax to follow dressing the elastic Barcelona.

Frenkie, in any case, has been 'victim' of injuries and physical ailments that have braked, of some way, his progression. Against the Athletic Club, in the Glass of Rey, ingresó from the bench, in the 61', to replace to Gavi. The intention of Xavi with the 'opportunity' to the Dutch was that the Barça recovered the command of the party and that Of Jong helped in the exit of the balloon. Once again, his party went back to be grey and remained very discussed.

Xavi defends that his irregular performance was due to that "it went out of some annoyances in the sóleo", something that in the club "manage as we can", as it has recognised in room of press. In any case, keeps the obligation for Frenkie to take a step forward and show that it can be important for the team, because while his performance worsens, the ones of Gavi, Pedri or Nico improve... And it can remain without a fixed place if it neglects more.

Frenkie Is not the only that it has to improve

Although it is true that the performance of De Jong has left a lot that wish, is far to be the only integral of the staff of the FC Barcelona that it has to improve. All the team, initiating with Xavi, comes under scrutiny, especially after a visit to Saint Mamés in which it remained the feeling that the Barcelona group, during a lot of minutes, had not presented to the stadium. All have to take a step forward to save a season that, for now, seem to be regrettable.

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