Whistles from the Barça fans: De Jong gambled away credit

Shortly before the end of the summer transfer window, FC Barcelona hit the transfer market again. Luuk de Jong moved from Sevilla FC to the Catalans. The Dutchman came on loan, but Barcelona secured a purchase option to turn the loan deal into a permanent transfer if successful. It is extremely doubtful at the moment that this will happen.

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Yesterday, Wednesday evening, Barça received at their home camp Nou Dynamo Kiev (1-0). A clear matter on paper. But the Blaugrana found it difficult and hardly any clear scoring chances emerged. Defensively nothing was allowed against the Ukrainians, but the audience was out for a spectacle. The fact that center-back Gerard Piqué scored the only goal of the evening speaks volumes.

One thing in particular felt the frustration of the fans: De Jong. The striker suffers from a jam. Although he always worked out dangerous chances, he only managed one goal in the 3-0 win over UD Levante in September this season. In the league and in the Champions League, de Jong posted no further scorer point. Accordingly, the audience acknowledged the striker’s performance with whistles – and Ronald Koeman released de Jong at half-time.

Press with harsh criticism

The Spanish press is hard on the 31-year-old. “Another missed opportunity for the Dutchman”, writes the ‘Sport’. The ‘Marca’ reflects the reaction of the fans: “Camp Nou has lost patience with de Jong.” The premature judgment on the national player is partly devastating.

The substitution at halftime also shows that the right-footed no longer enjoys full backing from Koeman, despite the fact that Barça coach de Jong was determined to sign in the summer. The return of Ansu Fati from his long injury break will make the competition in Barcelona’s offensive even tougher. If the knot at de Jong does not break in a timely manner, the attacker’s perception as a transfer flop could finally come true.

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