FC Barcelona – La Liga Both have been important this season
Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on Ousmane Dembele for his excellent recent form, but wants to see more from his fellow countryman Frenkie de Jong.
The Frenchman has finally gathered some momentum after an injury-ravaged time with the club, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by his coach.
“Ousmane has been here for many years and has had a lot of bad luck with injuries. It is difficult for him to be at his best level. I hope he continues physically well, he is training well, happy.
“I like the player because he offers something different to [Antoine] Griezmann, [Francisco] Trincao or Leo [Messi].
“He’s excellent in one-on-one situation and can play with both feet. Hopefully he continues at this level.”
On the other hand, the Barcelona coach mentioned that he has spoken with De Jong over what he can add to his game.
“It is true that we have spoken with Frenkie about his qualities and where we need him,” Koeman said.
“He is a player who can help a lot to build from the back, but we also need him to reach the opposite area. He is assuming more responsibility. We need midfielders who score eight to ten goals per season.”