​Having bid farewell to two of their greatest ever players, let alone midfielders, in the shape of Xavi and Andrés Iniesta in recent seasons, the task of finding a suitable replacement was always going to be a daunting one for Barcelona.


That said, they may very well have done so already.


Bursting onto the scene at Ajax, Frenkie de Jong has since established himself as one of Europe's most talented youngsters, which makes it no surprise that Barça snapped the 22-year-old up at the earliest possible moment as the successor to one half of their legendary duo.


Thing is, he's so unbelievably good that he's already made his way into eighth place on 90min's 50 European Players of the Year, and there is nothing to suggest he'll relinquish that spot anytime soon.


​From European adventures to bossing 
​La Liga, here are five of the Dutch wonderkid's best moments of 2019.


Bernabéu Blitz (5/3/2019)

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After successfully navigating a tough ​Champions League group stage as runners-up behind Bayern Munich, Ajax were pitted against holders ​Real Madrid in the round of 16.


A first-leg home loss looked like ending their fairytale journey before it had a chance to take off, but the Dutch side, and De Jong in particular, stunned the world of football with an outstanding display at the Bernabéu.


Having already signed a pre-contract agreement for Madrid's rivals ​Barcelona at this point, the young midfielder offered Spanish football a taste of what to expect, with a stunning display in the capital.


He had Zinedine Zidane's side chasing shadows with an immaculate outing  that oozed composure and class, as Ajax emerged 4-1 victors to reach the quarter-finals with a 5-3 aggregate success. It was a momentous occasion in European football that truly demonstrated his, and his side's, pure class.


Going One Better in Turin (16/4/2019)

Frenkie De Jong

Such a youthful outfit not boasting the household names of their more familiar European opponents, the Ajax steam train defied the odds and maintained its dominance into to next round when they faced Juventus over two legs.


A nervy home leg finished honours even at 1-1, leaving their trip to Turin with the tie firmly in the balance.


Cristiano Ronaldo's opener had put the hosts in the driving seat. However, as the metronome for Ajax, De Jong was coolness personified whenever his teammates were under pressure. Pulling the strings in midfield with exceptional ease, he never looked in danger with the ball at his feet and dragged his side through the hostile surroundings with another immense display.


Matthijs de Ligt's header completed the turnaround in the second half, with De Jong's final season with the club looking like finishing with a memorable swansong.


Heartbreak would follow in the semi-finals, but not before De Jong offered himself and his fans something to savour with a magnificent run in the competition.


KNVB Cup Winners (5/6/2019)

Donny Van De Beek,Frenkie De Jong

Taking on his former side Willem II in the final of the KNVB Cup, Ajax had an opportunity to secure a domestic double, with their league form also setting them on course for Eredivisie glory.


It was mostly smooth sailing to the final of the competition, brushing aside their opponents with relative ease, barring a penalty shootout win over Roda JC Kerkrade in the round of 16.


Not to let their good work go to waste, Ajax put Willem II to the sword in another commanding 
performance that maintained their dominance over Dutch football. 

While the league wasn't fully sewn up, and their Champions League semi-final just three days later, there was every possibility this would be De Jong's final trophy success with his club before jetting off to Catalonia. Therefore, he made no mistake in bossing proceedings and leading his side to a fully deserved 4-0 victory.

Securing the Domestic Double (15/6/2019) 
Dutch Eredivisie"De Graafschap v Ajax"

Just ten days after their cup success, and seven days following their European exit, an away point over De Graafschap was all that stood in De Jong's way from a domestic double and a perfect send off from the club he made his name with.


PSV Eindhoven had been breathing down Ajax's necks throughout the pulsating title challenge, and were just three points off their nearest rivals heading into the final round of fixtures.


A solitary point would do the trick, but De Jong and co made no mistake with a 4-1 win that presented the club with their first domestic double in 17 years. Once again De Jong was pivotal to their success, controlling the midfield and feeding his teammates with inch-perfect precision. 


The league title was headed back to Amsterdam for the first time since 2014, and De Jong was duly awarded the Johan Cruyff Trophy for Young Dutch Player of the Year for his outstanding displays.


First Barcelona Goal (14/9/2019)

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His ​La Liga debut turned out to be a day to forget for the Dutchman, seeing his side fall to a late defeat against Athletic Bilbao, so we'll brush over that for the moment.


Instead, we'll shift focus to his debut goal for the club, which came in a 5-2 home demolition of Valencia. Firstly, he set up the historic first of the match, feeding Ansu Fati to net on his first competitive start for the club at the age of just 16.


Returning the favour, Fati then provided the cutback for De Jong to slam home just five minutes later in what is just the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a memorable and prolific Blaugrana career.


The game itself was won at a canter, and with the sublime ability of the club's new Dutch superstar, it is sure to be one of many to come.