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Barcelona: Frenkie de Jong’s perfectionist mentality tipped to take him to the next level

Barcelona: Frenkie de Jong’s perfectionist mentality tipped to take him to the next level

Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong is rapidly becoming one of the best central midfielders in world football. 

The 22-year-old, signed from Ajax in the summer for £65m, has settled in well at the Nou Camp, scoring and assisting once in his opening nine La Liga appearances for the club.

The Netherlands international is one of the first names on Ernesto Valverde’s teamsheet – proven by the number of minutes he’s played for the club this term (978 in all comps, via Transfermarkt).

De Jong’s performances on the pitch have certainly been impressive, but it is his attention to detail and perfectionist mentality off the field which is further impressing club insiders.

Diario SPORT (via Barca Blaugranes) reports that the ex-Ajax midfielder is apparently “never satisfied” with how he plays, even when the team performs well.

De Jong reportedly wowed Barcelona’s coaching staff when he joined the club with how quickly he adapted to the Catalans’ style of play, almost as if he had been nurtured through the academy system from a young age.

The 22-year-old also has a close relationship with the club’s analysts and asks for video footage of opponents to examine in detail prior to each game, so he can fully understand their movement and weaknesses.

Frenkie de Jong is such an immense talent and the news of his detailed preparation comes as little surprise. To reach new levels within football, you simply have to have an edge.

Talent can only take you so far regardless of how much you have and the Dutchman clearly understands the importance of that. There is seemingly no limit on de Jong’s potential should he retain this level of performance, which looks extremely likely. He could well become one of the world’s best central midfielders in years to come.

Barcelona fans, how important is de Jong for you this season? Let us know below!

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