De Jong was signed in the closing hours of the transfer period via a rental agreement with Sevilla. As a result, trainer Ronald Koeman now has a third compatriot in addition to Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay.
Ball on a string.
The center striker was not included in the selection of the Dutch national team during this international match. This allowed him to focus on his debut for FC Barcelona. Because the league match against Sevilla has been postponed, he can make his Champions League debut against Bayern Munich next Tuesday.
Although he already made his first minutes in the shirt of the earlier in the week Blaugranas, when the Catalans played a practice game against fellow countryman AE Prat.
Koeman: Barcelona needs a striker like De Jong
Trainer Ronald Koeman is happy with the arrival of De Jong. “With a cross, Luuk is more dangerous than Neymar,” says the Dutch trainer of the Catalan club at the US about the striker, which was presented on Thursday.
“Luuk is a different type of attacker than we have and I think every team should have that type. I already indicated that to the club last year. I just want to be able to change with my forward players. If the match calls for a type like Luuk, he will play or fill in,” said the coach.
Koeman also indicates that the need was high at Barcelona. “On the last day of the transfer window, we lost Antoine Griezmann, while we only had three attackers. My first contact with Luuk was on August 8th and before that I often thought; why doesn’t Barcelona have that type of attacker?”