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Dutch greats Gullit and Van Basten: Frenkie de Jong must do more for Barcelona

Dutch greats Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten insist Frenkie de Jong should be contributing more to Barcelona.

The midfielder missed Barca's victory over Levante on Sunday due to suspension after being sent off against Cadiz on Thursday night.

In his absence, young midfielders Nico Gonzalez and Gavi stepped up and helped Barca to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Levante. And De Jong's absence was noticeable for fellow Dutchmen Gullit and Van Basten, with the pair insisting the former Ajax star wasn't missed.

Via Mundo Deportivo, commentating for Ziggo Sport, Gullit said: “I think Frenkie de Jong is a great player, but I just want to see more of him. He's too protected. If he does not play well, it is because he does not play in his position. Well, whatever position he plays in midfield, he didn't play well. He must always give something more."

According to Van Basten, De Jong should have "more depth" in his game.

"And you don't see that enough. In transition, with the general vision that he has, from time to time he has to send a deep ball. That's what bothers me a bit," added Van Basten.

De Jong is now in his third season with Barca and for coach Ronald Koeman, he is now a key member of his youthful squad. Like De Jong, Koeman also missed the win against Levante having been sent off in the 0-0 draw at Cadiz.


- updated September 28


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