Frenkie De Jong's Individual Highlights On His Barcelona Debut Prove He's The Real Deal
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.