Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman is happy that Frenkie de Jong is playing regularly at Barcelona but believes he is being used in the wrong position.

De Jong has had some criticism over his performances since joining Barcelona from Ajax in the summer. However, the Dutch international is being asked to play in an unfamiliar position further forward in midfield.

Speaking to Marca, Koeman said on De Jong, “It is important that he plays a lot, but you can wonder if he does that in his position. In Orange he plays further back, but we play with two controllers. At Barça his position is different than at the Netherlands and Ajax. He learns how to play more offensively, not only is it negative, but it is not his best place. Farther back he would do better. “

Koeman also sees other issues with Barcelona, “The percentage of possession is irrelevant if you only create two or three chances. You need players with speed. Just look at the problems Vinícius Junior caused against Barça. Ansu Fati does well with his speed, but they have more footballers like need him. The rest plays to receive the ball. “




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