We need to discuss Frenkie de Jong’s new role at FC Barcelona, he came to play alongside Arthur and to take Ivan Rakitic’s place in the squad.
Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has transformed into one of the most talented midfielders in the world, he signed for FC Barcelona to take Ivan Rakitic’s place.
The Catalan club has enjoyed Rakitic’s role in the squad for a long time.
However, Ivan’s presence in the starting XI moved the club further away from the traditional possession-based game they had with Xavi and Iniesta.
This is a more direct type of midfielder who also got the job done but he simply wasn’t built to play the same style, the board hired him due to his stats and results rather than his playing style.
Recent results for Barcelona proved that the Catalan club finds a higher rate of success when they follow their playbook more closely.
The tradition that Johan Cruyff implemented since the ’90s is the key to FC Barcelona’s success, De Jong’s arrival proves that the club’s bard finally realized this.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu made a massive first step by signing Brazilian Arthur, the midfielder who came from Gremio and immediately imprinted his style to the squad and reminds people of Xavi Hernandez during his youth.
Ivan Rakitic: "I'm happy that De Jong is coming, he makes the team stronger and because of that I'm glad but I don't think he's coming for my position because its already taken"
We're gonna have Ivan starting 60 games next season and De Jong being on the bench almost every time pic.twitter.com/tXLvoiQVMT
— Rodri (@SuperBarcaXI) May 22, 2019
De Jong comes as a spot-on addition.
Now that they have managed to accommodate Arthur Melo in the club’s dynamic, there was the doubt about Frenkie de Jong’s role in the squad.
The FC Barcelona executives who handled the whole negotiation for the player with Ajax, recently spoke to our colleagues at Goal about De Jong’s abilities.
They confirm that this player plays a very similar role to the one that Andres Iniesta had during his prime, with the added nuances that the Dutch midfielder will bring to the plate.
They actually gave a very detailed explanation about De Jong’s style, and they practically confirmed he will play on the same position Rakitic currently has.
“De Jong is a control player, similar to Arthur but much deeper in his actions,” Barca executives said on Goal.
“De Jong and Arthur will mix very well.”
“It is so easy to negotiate with Dutch players being Barcelona, everyone wants to join the club bu especially the Dutch players for the long history between his country and Barcelona,” the executives added.
“De Jong has high quality and technique. He has a dribbling very similar to Cruyff’s with the right foot doing the movement to the inside with the external part of the foot.”
“De Jong loves to play with spaces, receiving and turning himself for starting the actions. He is young and his conditions will increase Barcelona’s midfield.”
— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) May 17, 2019
Ernesto Valverde will keep his strong stance on Rakitic.
We are obviously not telling you that Ivan Rakitic is not a good player for Barcelona, all we say is that perhaps his role within the club is going to change over the next few years.
Manager Ernesto Valverde has always been a strong defender of the Croatian midfielder’s place within the squad.
Even Jose Mourinho has praised Ivan in recent months, but the veteran players might have his days numbered at Barcelona after all.
Frenkie de Jong clearly has the approval of all the Barcelona board, he is considered the next great player that will help the squad win the biggest titles over the next decade.
The main idea for bringing Frenkie to the squad is to attempt a replication of what Xavi and Iniesta brought to the club.
We know that what those two legends did cannot be repeated, but the club’s board must at least try to get a new version of that over the next few years.
The club knows that they will have Messi at his best for three or four more years tops, which is why they want to give him a more comfortable environment that can help him improve his game even more.
The board completely believes that De Jong is the answer they have been looking for since Xavi and Iniesta got separated, to Ivan Rakitic’s detriment.
De Jong y su pareja ya disfrutan de Barcelona, su nuevo hogar. pic.twitter.com/bSskzCTxIy
— Unión Blaugrana (@UnionBlaugrana) May 20, 2019
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