For the first time since his landing in 2019, the Dutchman will have to fight hard to get a place in the eleven if he stays.
For many, Gavi and Pedri should occupy the two interiors; so far, Frenkie has hardly had to fight for the job
In case you stay Frenkie de Jong would face a much more complicated reality in terms of competition. Until now, since his landing in the summer of 2019, he was playing practically by decree. by inertia. Because of her talent, yes, but also because the wardrobe was rather rare. With Valverde, with Quique Setien, with Koeman. Even after Xavi’s arrival. No one has ever talked about his main role. 42 games and 3,225′ the first year, 51 games and 4,492′ the second and 45 games and 3,378′ the third.
With the team that Xavi is building, property is currently very, very expensive across all ranges. In the center of the field, he should compete with Pedri, Gavi (for many they should be the starting interiors), Kessié and Nico González. A new panorama for the Dutch. Obviously, if he stayed at Can Barca, he would leave with plenty of options. Rest of the quality and the reading of the game. Perhaps what we missed the most this time was the regularity. The step forward. Throwing the team behind his back at times. The spread and have more presence in attack, entering the second line.
In any case, it’s always a positive thing to have more competition. Before any suspicion of “idleness”, the presence of so many players in their demarcation would add a little spice to the case. If Frenkie stays (for that, for the sustainability of this fragile payroll, the salary would have to be reduced considerably), everything will be very different. The requirement will go up several levels.