EX MATES IN THE AJAX
Tagliafico: "Barça have not yet seen the best De Jong, but they will"
Published:25/04/2020 - 08:59h
Updated:25/04/2020 - 08:59h
Nicolás Tagliafico, ex mate of Frenkie of Jong in the Ajax, considers that the mediocentro Dutch has not arrived to his maximum level in the Barça
Frenkie Of Jong is of those players that the FC Barcelona followed from did a lot of months before his disembarkment in the Camp Nou. His profile of game, of midfield player organiser, ideal to initiate the game in a style of possession, did that the sportive direction culé followed him even before his explosion. Something that arrived the past season with his big performance in the Ajax.
His campañón in the team of Ámsterdam did not happen unobserved for the big European teams, that put in the bidding and did to pay to the Barça the doubts that had in a start to close his contracting before it turned into a piece mediática of 75 million euros of price. At the end, the Barcelona achieved to close his signing after winning him the pulse to Paris Saint-Germain.
The first season of Of Jong in the Barça, however, has not been precisely the one who he had dreamed. The Dutch has showed too shy in numerous occasions and has cost him adapt to his new position of interior. In the Ajax, played in double pivote beside a mediocentro that covered him the backs and in the Camp Nou is forced to advance some metres and be more vertical.
Besides, the sanitary crisis by the coronavirus has detained the football and has cut him the progression. However, there are not doubts about that Of Jong will achieve to adapt to the style of Barcelona game, to his new position, to finish triumphing as Barcelona. Like this they believe it in the Camp Nou and like this believe it also those that saw him shine with the Ajax in his stage in the Eredivisie.
Nicolás Tagliafico, left-handed side 'ajacied', shared changing room with the Barcelona the past season and is convinced that the best Of Jong is for arriving. "In Barcelona still have not seen the best version of Frenkie", said the Argentinian defence in an interview for 'Calciomercato', although it also affirmed that this better version "will see it" in the Camp Nou.
Criticised in Holland
The level offered by Of Jong in the present season has caused some criticisms in his country. "Still it is not the sufficiently good in Barcelona, touches the balloon of here for there, has to do it much better", said the mythical Gullit, whereas they Go Gaal affirmed that "it is an exaggeration mediática, because it did not play so well this year". Nevertheless, his quality is out of all doubt, as well as his lace in the philosophy of game of the Barça.