Barcelona pulled off a major coup earlier this year by securing the services of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax.
The Catalan giants forked out £67.5 million for the 22-year-old, who was one of Ajax’s star performers last season.
De Jong was magnificent in both domestically and in Europe, earning him the Eredivisie Player of the Season award and a spot in the Champions League Squad of the Season.
He was also named the Dutch Football Talent of the Year for 2018/19 and then finished as a runner-up with the Netherlands at this summer’s UEFA Nations League.
De Jong becomes the 20th Dutchman to play for Barça, who described the versatile midfielder as a “polyvalent player with an excellent reading of the game and ability to provide the killer pass" after securing his services in January.
He’s already made a positive impression during pre-season, playing in four of the club’s pre-season friendlies against Chelsea, Vissel Kobe, Arsenal and Napoli.
However, a video has emerged which shows numerous examples of De Jong getting frustrated after attempting one-twos but not receiving the ball back from his teammates.
The video shows De Jong creating space after laying the ball off, only for his teammates to pick a different (usually safer) option.
Watch the footage here… (click play on the black video window).
Obviously it’s still very early days, but some of De Jong’s teammates don’t appear to be on his wavelength just yet.
This will almost certainly change when Barça have their strongest XI on the pitch - and especially when Lionel Messi is back.
De Jong has not yet had the opportunity to play alongside Messi, who was given an extended break after the Copa America and is currently injured, but he’s certainly good enough to spark up an excellent on-field understanding with the world’s best player.
"I'm happy to be able to play with Messi, who I have always followed,” De Jong said after his unveiling this summer. “Now my idol will be my teammate."News Now - Sport News