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Barcelona sign Sevilla striker who failed to please Ronald Koeman? Barcelona surprisingly signed Luuk de Jong to replace Antoine Griezmann who returned to Atletico Madrid on the last day of the summer transfer window. Why did Sevilla’s flop striker be chosen by the Blaugrana?

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Many suspect that the 31-year-old Dutch player was indeed coach Ronald Koeman’s special request, arguing that the player was good with him in the Dutch national team. His game was not even inferior to the other De Jong at Barca, Frenkie de Jong, who was much younger and became a star at his home club, Ajax Amsterdam.

Then, what do Barca expect from Luuk de Jong, while they already have Martin Braithwaite who has proven more reliable to Koeman up front, a young star who will soon return to play Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele? Just want to gather players from his country in the club he played for when he was a player? Of course, this is the umpteenth thing a coach has to consider, right?

Koeman’s insistence

Koeman had previously urged Barcelona officials to sign Luuk de Jong before the summer transfer window ended. With the financial crisis that hit the Catalan team, it seemed impossible. Until finally, Barca were able to send Griezmann back to Atletico and Luuk de Jong to fill the position he left.

Luuk de Jong – who is not blood related to Frenkie, was once listed as a top goalscorer when he was signed by Sevilla from PSV. However, his performance last season was pathetic. He could not even bring his glory in the Dutch League to the Andalusian club. Until finally, Sevilla also brought in Rafa Mir and made De Jong pressed to immediately leave the club.

Both Koeman and De Jong admitted that they both know their leadership and play on the field. De Jong even met the criteria for the player Koeman was looking for, namely a centre-forward.

With their ‘success’ in signing Luuk de Jong, Barcelona also managed to beat West Ham and his former club, PSV, who had asked him to return to the Eredivisie.

De Jong Even Failed At Newcastle

The arrival of De Jong to Camp Nou right on the last day of the summer transfer window, Tuesday 31 August 2021, was commented sarcastically by Newcastle United, the Premier League team who had loaned him from Borussia Monchengladbach in the 2013/14 season.

De Jong’s move to Barca reviewed Shields Gazette in the article entitled ‘Former Newcastle United Fail Surprisingly Joins Barcelona’. He is said to have been a long-term target for the Magpies recruitment team, but had to fight extra hard in the first half of his loan spell at the club.

Even in 12 appearances, he failed to score for Alan Pardew’s team – the coach at the time, until finally the new Barcelona player was returned to Gladbach and sold by the club to PSV.

De Jong did shine when he defended Twente, where he scored 39 goals in 75 matches. That’s why Gladbach then recruited him. But in the Bundesliga, De Jong has only scored six goals in 36 games.

After leaving Newcastle, De Jong was then sold by Gladbach to PSV, and his career shone again in the country of origin of his parents. During his five years with PSV, from 2014 to 2019, De Jong managed to score 94 goals in 159 matches he played.

The Barcelona newcomer was later regarded as one of Europe’s top goalscorers and was signed by Sevilla in 2019. However, in the 69 games he has played since then, De Jong has been sluggish again and only scored 10 goals for Sevilla.

In the international arena, De Jong who was born in Switzerland had defended the Dutch U-19 and U-21 national teams, before finally strengthening the senior national team since 2011. For the Dutch national team, he bagged 38 caps and bagged eight goals.

He played for the first time in the senior team in a friendly against Austria on 9 February 2011, and made his debut in the same match where he came on for Dirk Kyut. De Jong then scored his first goal for the national team on 6 September 2011, when the Netherlands won 2-0 over Finland in the Euro 2012 qualifier, which successfully brought the Oranje team to the finals.

On 7 May 2012, he was included in the provisional list of 36 players prepared by coach Bert van Marwijk, and even qualified for the 23-player core squad and represented the Netherlands at Euro 2012. However, Van Marwijk never played De Jong.

Considered a player who is not fit to defend Barcelona, ​​perhaps it was addressed to Martin Braithwaite when he just arrived from Leganes at the beginning of last year. Being an emergency striker due to injuries to Ansu Fati, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, forced the club to sign him from the bottom club.

Similar to Braithwaite Story

At first Braithwaite was seen by Barca fans with one eye. However, gradually he managed to improve his appearance and is now a mainstay on the front lines of Ronald Koeman’s squad.

In terms of age, Luuk de Jong is only one year older than Braithwaite, who is 30 years old this year. The difference is, Braithwaite has probably managed to hone his game since he set foot at Camp Nou at the end of February 2020.

Another thing that distinguishes the two, Braithwaite has never been given the title of ‘failed striker’, although he was loaned by Middlesbrough to Bordeaux and Leganes. The reason, he managed to score goals for the two loan clubs.

Even at his last club before Barcelona, ​​Leganes, Braithwaite, who was listed as one of the club’s most famous players, was also a mainstay of the front line and managed to score six goals in 24 games, although he was unable to help his club avoid relegation in the 2019/20 season. .

We’ll see if Luuk de Jong can follow in Braithwaite’s footsteps, or at least get up and play like he did when he was at PSV, until Barca are no longer said to have signed a ‘failed striker’ this season.

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