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Frenkie de Jong made his Barcelona debut on Tuesday and he made an instant impression as he ran the middle of the park in a stunning pre-season showing.
The 22-year-old entered the fray as a second-half substitute against Chelsea and he dominated the midfield.
He cut a composed figure in the engine room of the pitch as he enjoyed a remarkable evening; completing a staggering 100% of his 42 passes in the match with Chelsea.
Twitter user @FrenkieStats has uploaded De Jong's individual highlights accompanied with the following words: "Frenkie makes his debut for FC Barcelona, and he looked like he was the only player who knew what he was doing in the second half. A brilliant midfielder, hopefully he starts for all of our games this season."
Frenkie de Jong highlights vs. Chelsea, 23/07/2019.
Frenkie makes his debut for FC Barcelona, and he looked like he was the only player who knew what he was doing in the second half. A brilliant midfielder, hopefully he starts for all of our games this season. pic.twitter.com/khkEerJdc0
- Frenkie Chief :flag_nl: (@FrenkieStats) July 23, 2019
Mature beyond his years. His performance was the talk of social media. Here's some reaction from social media:
"Barça debut. It's like he only put another shirt on. Picks passes with ease and seems ready to take his career to a new level. Simply can't wait to see him team up with Leo Messi," one Twitter user wrote.
A second tweeted: "De Jong is simply amazing, no words. So confident, like he's been here for years. Suits perfectly to Barça's style.
A third added: "Calm, composed, and already getting frustrated when teammates don't pass him the ball. New club, same Frenkie."
• 45 minutes played
• 42 passes attempted
• 42 passes completed
Just Frenkie de Jong things. :100: pic.twitter.com/ftdJdVKGKy
- Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 23, 2019
The Dutch phenom, who was snapped up for £65 million from Ajax, wants to be an important player for Barcelona in the years to come.
"On the field, I like to have the ball a lot," he said about his playing style. "To play with the ball, to link up with the team, to dribble. Away from the pitch, I like to have fun with my teammates and just speak with them.
"I'm a player for the future as well but I hope I'm a player for now as well. Of course, I want to be a key player for Barça, a starting player. It isn't up to me, but we'll see what happens."
Barcelona resume their pre-season tour of Japan on Saturday against Vissel Kobe.
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