He basically said that de Jong hadn't developed physically since he was 18 due to not putting in the work. (I assume he meant in the gym). He then made reference to Messi, Xavi and Iniesta who are smaller than de Jong but were physically strong due to strengthening their upper body. I personally don't think that is a issue, and it's something that can be ironed out.Wonder what he actually mean by that?
I get the impression that EtH, like Klopp and Conte, is really good at playing to their players strenghts. With Pep, and maybe Xavi, I sometimes feel that players to a bigger extent have to adjust to their style of football.
I haven't watched Xavi's Barcelona yet, but from what Hunter is saying, it seems like Xavi is extremely measured in his approach to positional play that he wants each player to occupy their respective zones on the pitch without giving too much leeway. Ten Hag gave de Jong creative freedom at Ajax and paired him up with Lasse Schone to maintain a defensive balance without the ball.