Frenkie de Jong is one of Ronald Koeman‘s most trusted lieutenants so far in his Barcelona reign, with his countryman playing the most so far this season than anyone else at the club.
has impressed everyone with his maturity and quality while playing as a pivot, part of a double-pivot, and at center-back, and . Xavi, probably the finest midfielder inBarcelona
’s history, has been speaking highly of him.
“He is a player who will mark an era,” Xavi, now coach of Qatari side Al Sadd said, “The day thatFrenkie de Jong
made me very happy."
“He is a footballer who can mark an era atBarca
and is one of the best of a great generation that Holland has for the World Cup."
“He’s still very young. He’s an extraordinary footballer, a midfielder who isn’t afraid to receive the ball in difficult areas. In short, a very good footballer.”
’s first season was imperfect, as he found it hard to hold the balance with Sergio Busquets in midfield and coping with a collective underperformance that hadBarcelona
end the campaign without silverware.
Xavi says it’s understandable. “Barca
asks for an excellent level of play,” he said. “The best in the world are on your team. Frenkie needs time to adapt, to get to know another language and another culture.”
in the summer of 2019 after playing for Ajax in the Champions League. Born in Gorinchem, he started his career with Willem II before joining their youth system at 15.
Xavi is one of the most decorated footballers in the history of the game. The Catalan has won, amongst many others, eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships, and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.