BARCELONA — Frenkie de Jong it was a signing by acclamation. A midfielder of his characteristics, leadership ability and superlative football that he showed at Ajax was not contemplated at Christmas 2018. One of those fundamental pieces in the Barcelona project that at that time was still chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu. A player, it was said, called to be the Schuster of the new Barça.
He had, and maintains, a certain similarity to the great German footballer who was the indisputable Barça star in the 80s of the last century. But if Schuster confirmed himself from day one as the star he was … De Jong, two and a half years after his landing, is still in transit and has gone from acclaimed star to star in discussion.