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3 ways Barcelona could lineup with Frenkie de Jong next season

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1.98K   //    03 Jun 2019, 17:30 IST

Frenkie de Jong will be at Barca next season
Frenkie de Jong will be at Barca next season

In the January transfer window, Barcelona confirmed the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for €75million. In hindsight, the amount spend by Barcelona on such a young player might seem to be high but after watching de Jong dominating world class midfielders in the UEFA Champions League, the price would seem fair.

The 22-year-old is just the kind of player that Barcelona are known to attract. The Dutch international is calm under possession and he has a good eye for passing. He fits in perfectly into the Barcelona system and with Sergio Busquets on the wrong side of age, Frenkie might prove to be a long term replacement for the Spaniard.

So, in this article, we take a look at the three ways Barcelona could possibly lineup with Frenkie de Jong:

#1 In a 4-3-3

Frenkie de Jong in a 4-3-3
Frenkie de Jong in a 4-3-3

Frenkie de Jong can fit seamlessly into the traditional Barcelona system of 4-3-3. He can play alongside Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal as a left-sided midfielder. As he did in his Ajax days, the Dutchman can play in a three-man midfield and he would be more comfortable in a 4-3-3.

De Jong, Busquets, and Vidal will form a calm and fiery midfield. Vidal will be the more attacking one of the three and de Jong could play the role of a deep-lying playmaker, while Busquets can occupy his usual place at defensive midfield.

#2 In a 4-2-3-1

Frenkie de Jong in a 4-2-3-1
Frenkie de Jong in a 4-2-3-1

Frenkie can also play in a two-man midfield alongside Busquets and provide a solid base for the attackers to work with. This formation can also allow Ernesto Valverde to play both Ousmane Dembele and Phillipe Coutinho together, while Lionel Messi can play as a number 10, just behind the striker.

The Dutchman doesn't really have the experience to play in a 4-2-3-1 but he can definitely adjust his game. This is another way Barcelona could lineup with the Netherlands international.

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#3 In a 3-5-2

Frenkie de Jong in a 3-5-2
Frenkie de Jong in a 3-5-2

Barcelona aren't really known to play in a 3-at-the-back system but judging by how their wingers have fared this season, there is a chance we may see them go with a 3-5-2. Frenkie de Jong could lineup alongside Busquets and Vidal in a three-man midfield, while Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo can be the wingbacks.

Messi and Luis Suarez could a deadly front two and Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet could form a solid back three. There is a very low chance of seeing Barcelona with this formation, but in football, anything can happen.

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