Koeman reveals his plans for De Jong and Griezmann at Barcelona
New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is planning to deploy both Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann in their preferred positions next season.
While De Jong struggled to make an offensiveimpact in midfield, Griezmann was criticised for his lack of goals, with the duo often forced to play slightly different positions to what they were used to.
Koeman, who previously questioned how De Jong was being used at Barcelona, is determined to ensure the Dutch midfielder is deployed properly moving forward.
"The plan is to start playing Frenkie de Jong in the position that he plays with the national team as well," Koeman told NOS.
"I remember attending a Barcelonagame and I saw him play a position where I wouldn’t play him as a coach.
"You’ve spent a lot of money on a young player. Youshouldthenplay him in his own position, where he can perform in awayyou’d expect from him. He’s shown at Ajax and with the Dutch national team which position suits him best and that’s where he will be playing at Barcelona as well.
"There’s stiff competition for that role, so he will have to be in great shape and form. But it will be in a position that suits him."
Griezmann meanwhile, who made his name as a versatileforwardfor Atletico Madrid, could also find himself back playing his preferred position next season if Koeman has his way.
"The same goes for Antoine Griezmann. He is not a traditional winger, so youhave toplay him inhis own position, in a role that suits him and where he can showcase his abilities," Koeman added.
"Youhave toknow your players as a coach and ensure you get the best out of them."
Source : goal.com
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