Ajax boss Erik ten Hag blasts Barca’s advanced role for De Jong
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has lashed out at Barcelona boss Quique Setien for deploying Frenkie de Jong in an advanced midfield role in his side. Since Setien’s appointment, the Netherlands international has been playing a more advanced role and was on the scoresheet in the 3:2 win away to Real Betis.
Although de Jong has established himself as a key man in the Barcelona first-team, Ten Hag criticized the club for playing him in a too-attacking position, claiming that the Dutch international is usually the one doing the supply.
‘He is not a scorer,’ Ten Hag explained on Dutch media outlet Ziggo Sport, as cited by Diario AS.
‘He is the player who is in charge of supplying, of supplying the teammates who give the assists or who score goals from their position.
‘I would have liked to continue counting on both of them (De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, now at Juventus) for one or two more years, because It would have been better for Ajax and for Dutch football.
‘With them you can go further in the Champions League because they are very high quality players.’