De Jong, liquid in San Paolo

first_imgDe Jong will start this Sunday at the Bernabéu. Then, the best version of the Dutch will be expected again because everyone is aware that there is a pearl there. But he has to let go and express himself much more in the field. De Jong’s paradox is that everyone thought he was coming to give Barça a new march. But what he has had to do is take off a gear. De Jong touched the ball 51 times in San Paolo. Very far from the 134 of Busquets, named Man of the Match of the match, 69 of Rakitic or even 74 of Arturo Vidal. There was no sign of that vibrant player that broke lines with its conductions and that filled the Ajax game with freshness until it became the most fun team in the last Champions League. Instead of giving vitality to the team, De Jong has had to adapt to the pasty pace of veteran Barça, in which also Setién has radicalized the desire for possession. De Jong gave 43 good passes in Naples. Busquets made 110, almost triple. Indicate where the Barça game moved. Piqué and Umtiti gave 114 and 113 passes respectively. That means that the defensive triangle of Barça gave 337 touches, which added to the 77 of Semedo and the 49 of Junior would add 459 of the 724 that Barça gave, more than 63% of Barça’s passes. Frenkie De Jong went unnoticed by a soccer temple like San Paolo. Bad news and involution for a player who a year earlier, in the knockout stages of the Champions League, presented himself to the world against Real Madrid and in the quarterfinals dominated the tie against Juventus. Elected best UEFA European midfielder this summer, it is difficult to understand the secondary role in which De Jong is corseted, a player who looked happy and loose, seems to play with chains right now. In many games nothing weighs in the game. More concerned with not disturbing than otherwise, he limits himself to strictly fulfilling his tactical role.last_img read more

Leeds and Aston Villa battling to complete loan signing of Netherlands ace

first_img REVEALED RANKED El Ghazi is set to leave Lille before the end of the month Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest transfer news El Ghazi was highly-rated when he broke through at Ajax 2 targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Leeds United and Aston Villa are rivals in the race to sign Anwar El Ghazi from Lille, according to reports.El Ghazi, the Netherlands forward, was highly-rated as a teenager, with his first two seasons at Ajax seeing him touted as a star of the future. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Primarily a wide player, he left Ajax in January 2017 for Lille, and though he has shown flashes of talent in France, the 23-year-old has yet to fulfil his potential.And now it appears he will be on his way out of the Stade Piere-Mauroy, with L’Equipe revealing Lille need to raise funds before the end of the month to meet demands set by the National Directorate of Management Control.El Ghazi has been listed for transfer amid these financial issues, with Lille valuing the winger at around £4.5million (€5m). moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star three-way race targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Leeds and Villa have both started the Championship season in fine form, with the former winning all three and the latter picking up two victories and one draw from their opening three matches. IN DEMAND TOP WORK The 23-year-old has no shortage of suitors, with Lille’s Ligue 1 rivals Rennes and Saint-Etienne already approaching the player, while Leeds and Villa are reported to hold an interest in El Ghazi.Despite the closing of the transfer window earlier this month, Football League clubs can still bring players in on loan until the end of August, and both sides are keen on signing El Ghazi on a temporary basis with an option to buy him at the end of the season. LIVING THE DREAM 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more