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Unsung Hero: Frenkie de Jong should have earned praise for Barcelona performance against Sevilla

Unsung Hero: Frenkie de Jong should have earned praise for Barcelona performance against Sevilla

Barcelona managed to overcome Sevilla on Sunday night in what turned out to be a La Liga encounter that had plenty going on throughout the match.

The Catalan giants took a 3-0 lead into the half-time break as Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembele all netted inside the first 35 minutes.

If the three points were not already staying in Catalonia on Sunday by the end of the first half, Lionel Messi made sure by opening his account for the season with Barcelona’s fourth in the 78th minute, but chaos ensued for the hosts shortly after.

Dembele was shown his second yellow card just before the conclusion of the match and was given his marching orders, although there was still enough time for debutant Ronald Araujo was shown a straight red card two minutes later, meaning Barcelona would finish the game with nine men (Sky Sports).

Whilst a number of players could have been worthy of being lauded for their performance against the Andalusian outfit, one man’s contribution appeared to go largely unnoticed.

Frenkie de Jong has established himself as a mainstay in Ernesto Valverde’s side since completing a summer move from Ajax and has performed to an admirable level for the Catalans. Having featured in 10 matches across all competitions so far, the 22-year-old has one goal and one assist to his name (TransferMarkt).

Although the £76.5m-rated Holland international (as per TransferMarkt) did not manage to add to those figures on Sunday, his work in the middle of the field and with the ball is something that should not have gone as unnoticed as it did.

According to the statistics collected by WhoScored, the midfielder managed to complete six dribbles and succeeded with 93% of his attempted 57 passes, with one leading to a key pass for a team-mate, whilst he also did his defensive duties solidly.

De Jong managed to achieve one tackle, one interception and one clearance in the 90 minutes for which he was on the field, but that did not appear to earn him too much recognition with those that left player ratings following the game.

90min.com gave the Dutchman a rather mediocre six out of 10, whilst Sport360 gave him a seven and appeared to give him an underwhelming mention when they wrote: “Did well at base of midfield.”

Indeed, with a team full of superstars such as Messi, Suarez and co, it can be difficult to stand out and produce a performance that can get many talking, but De Jong certainly should have had a share of the praise as he did a stellar job in the middle.

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