Ajax amazes Borst: “Where exactly does it go wrong in the...


Ajax is neglecting the striker position, says Hugo Borst. The columnist of the Algemeen Dagblad thinks it is ‘poor that such an incredibly rich club has had the most important position in a team occupied for years by a senior or the trainer’s favorite or an eternal talent’.

Erik ten Hag chose Zakaria Labyad in the first league games of the season. On Sunday against sc Heerenveen it was Lassina Traoré’s turn. ‘Strong guy, not like that, but he lacks finesse – and a lot more’, writes Borst, who thinks that Ajax director Marc Overmars is breaking with a tradition. He points to Johan Cruijff, Marco van Basten, Patrick Kluivert, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suárez.

‘What have we been looking at in recent years? Bad strikers, young strikers, nice strikers, average strikers. On Wednesday against Liverpool, Tadic will be in the lead again. He does that well, but he remains an occasional striker ‘, says Borst. Why wasn’t Lewandowski scouted when he was 16? Or Aubameyang? Or Lukaku? Where exactly does scouting go wrong? Or does the youth academy fail? Donyell Malen left Ajax at the age of sixteen, Steven Bergwijn at the age of thirteen.

‘Antony and Kudus, great players. But no strikers. Schraalhans is king. Ten Hag has said it himself: Ajax has searched diligently for a number 9 last summer. They couldn’t find him ‘, Borst concludes. “They say it’s going to be Brian Brobbey. For real? From the level Cruijff? Van Basten? Kluivert? Zlatan? Suarez? ‘


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