Koeman blissful that De Jong asserts himself offensively: “ He’s heading in the right direction ”

FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman could be very happy with the present type of Frenkie de Jong on the Catalan membership. The midfielder has been extra attacking in latest weeks and was once more correct within the semi-final of the Spanish Tremendous Cup in opposition to Actual Sociedad on Wednesday.

‘De Jong higher and extra full than at Ajax’

23-year-old De Jong had a number one function within the match within the Basque Nation (1-1), which Barcelona gained after penalties (2-3). The Orange-international signed for 0-1 simply earlier than half-time and shot his penalty within the collection on the put up. Ultimately, that mistake was with out penalties.

It was De Jong’s third objective in eight video games. The previous Ajax participant was the match winner at SD Huesca at the start of January (0-1) and likewise scored in opposition to Actual Sociedad in mid-December (2-1 win) within the competitors.

“He is an awesome participant,” stated Koeman after the match in opposition to Spanish media. “I’ve stated earlier than {that a} midfielder should additionally come into the field. You can’t solely anticipate the attackers to attain. Frenkie scored once more and is heading in the right direction.”

Koeman beforehand introduced that he had spoken with De Jong a few extra attacking function for the precise foot within the midfield of Barcelona. De Jong appears to love the brand new function and his good enjoying has not escaped the Spanish media.

“The step ahead that he needed to make has now grow to be a agency step ahead”, writes The sports activities world. “De Jong is even a greater and extra full participant than in his interval at Ajax. A dialog with Ronald Koeman appears to have liberated him.”

Additionally The newspaper is filled with reward for De Jong. “At 23, he’s bodily capable of transfer from penalty space to penalty space. He has been persistently performing nicely these days, as we anticipated from him.”

The ultimate of the Spanish Tremendous Cup is already on Sunday. The opposite semi-final will likely be between Actual Madrid and Athletic Membership on Thursday.

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