The highly acclaimed Netherlands International went to Ajax exits during the summer of 2019. While the Liga giants spent a lot of money to obtain his future.
Frankie de Jong has achieved “something exceptional” in his debut campaign at Barcelona. Ronald de Boer admits while the struggle of Matthijs de Ligt at Juventus was kept in comparison. The highly acclaimed Netherlands International went to Ajax exits during the summer of 2019, while the Liga giants spent a lot of money to obtain his future. In the same window, a fellow for club and country was also lured away from Amsterdam onto the books of a European superpower. Frankie was not spectacular at Barca, but he was steady and quickly settled in a new environment while offering a lot of promises when it comes to finding his best role at Camp Nou.
De Jong adapted well to Barcelona
De Ligt, meanwhile, could not achieve the expected impact at Juventus: the 20-year-old sometimes sank on the seat at times in what remains a steep learning curve for him. Ex-Ajax and Barcelona star Ronald told reporters when he offered his assessment to two highly regarded compatriots: “I think De Jong adapted well to Barca, look De Ligt at Juventus…” Playing so much for a young in his first season is something exceptional. “People say that he has not accomplished the level that he achieved at Ajax and the Netherlands. But not so many who can play in such a strong team as Barcelona, and I think he did a good job.”
De Ligt had more problems at Juventus
Ronald added on a 23-year-old midfielder that he sees filling the boots of a World Cup-winning Barcelona idol: “I hope he will return to his usual position because he is the distributor of the game”. He is responsible for passing the ball, and you can’t ask him to score 20 goals. He is a footballer like Sergio Busquets, and when the time comes, he will be an excellent substitute for him. “While De Jong maintained his development, De Ligt is believed to have stumbled somewhat. De Boer admits the same, while the defender of Bianconeri is still looking for a spark in Serie A.
“He had more problems at Juventus,” De Boer added. “I was hoping De Ligt would adapt much more comfortably and start right away. Instead, the opposite happened. That’s why I think De Jong did well in his first season at Barcelona. “De Jong took 37 appearances for Barcelona for all competitions in 2019-20. He netted two goals, while De Ligt has seen 27 appearances for Juventus.