Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong is now officially a Barcelona player and Paddy Power have some debut season specials!
De Jong was a product of the Willem II Academy. He made his Eredivisie debut with them before moving to Ajax the following season. He cost €1 but had a 10% sell on clause in his contract.
It was in the 2018/19 season that De Jong made a real impact in the Ajax team. He had featured for Ajax as a centre back, but it was clear his best position was in central midfield. De Jong was the subject of a lot of praise last season. Overmars, van de Vaart and Xavi saying how good he is and was also compared to Pogba.
This lead to Barcelona making a move for him in January 2019 where they agreed on a deal for €75 million, a fair bit more than Ajax paid for him! De Jong would join Barcelona on July 1st.
Paddy Power Specials
To score 5+ goals in La Liga 19/20 – 6/4: Last season De Jong scored four goals in the league for Ajax and you'd expect him to score a few this season. Whether he will score more than five though is debatable. He will get the chances to score in this side with some very creative players around him.
To score 7+ goals in La Liga 19/20 – 6/1: This will be a big ask for his first season at the club, but he continues to impress so you never know! One thing that could play a factor in this is playing time. Will De Jong be one of the first names on the team sheet or will he be rotated. He will be up against Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur and Coutinho for the midfielder but if he plays like he did last year then he should be a starter!
To score on the first day of the 19/20 season – 5/1: The first game of the season is against Athletic Bilbao away. Barcelona didn't record a win against Bilbao last season, drawing both games. They also only scored once. But a new season brings new players and could De Jong be the man to get them off to a great start?
To assist on the first day of the 19/20 season – 7/2: At this price, this is a very interesting special. De Jong is known for his creative passes and when you have Messi, Suarez, Dembele and Coutinho to play to an assist is definitely doable.