Ajax beat PEC Zwolleg 3-0 to move one step closer to winning the Eredivisie title.
As Eric Ten Hag prepares to take charge of Manchester United, it is clear that his current Ajax stars will have one eye on him.
The Dutchman has already agreed to take charge of Old Trafford, which needs a major overhaul next season. Given his success in Amsterdam, some of his best actors will no doubt offer to follow him.
Despite the injury crisis, several of Ha Ha’s young stars put on some impressive performances against PEC Zwolle to get one step closer to the Eredivisie title. Here’s a look at how the four players, some of whom are linked to Manchester United, play and what they can bring to the Premier League.
Jurrien Timber is one of the people who wants to go to Manchester United to join Ten Hag.
Not surprisingly, some called the 20-year-old a better future than he was in the Matthias de Liga before he left for Juventus.
The 5-foot-10 Timber is not the tallest center-back, but he has a lot of talent as a footballer. On the ball, he was comfortable crossing the line.
In the second half, he made a timely run against the opposing team and hit the ball, which Davy Klaasen took from the board.
Along with Daley Blind, Timber moved flexibly and was open to possession, but he never neglected his defensive role.
Wood and Blind play a unique role in defense, and it will be great to see if Ten Hag can repeat them in the Premier League, or even try.
Even if not, Timber is a very talented player with certain technical skills, which will attract the best clubs.
Earlier this week, he praised Ten Hag’s role in his development, saying, “Ten Hag was very important to me.
“In his time, I was a footballer and a current person. The coach talked to me a lot. He was very critical, good and creative. I will never forget that.”
Ryan Gravenberch is generally considered to be the crown of Ajax’s current youth.
The 19-year-old central midfielder has already played in more than 100 senior games and won the Dutch national team 10 times.
The Progressive Midfielder is in great shape at 6 feet 3 feet tall and has a natural look that carries the ball into space.
But beyond that, inside and outside the box, Ajax’s key role as a midfielder against Zwolle was amazing for a very young player.
Kenneth Taylor and 21-year-old Mohammed Qudus started their second career with him in the middle of the park.
With a flexible and interchangeable system, Gravenberch was a true leader on the pitch and never missed a shot, backing up or breaking a loose ball.
In doing so later, he generally chose a positive, optimal pass, moving the side forward and back to the front leg.
It’s easy to see why Gravenberch is joining United, as he wants to leave Paul Pogba and gain strength in central midfield.
But if he decides to move on, he will not be short of applicants and Bayern Munich believe he is close to signing. He is likely to be away from United.
Sebastian Haller is well known to Premier League fans for his poor performances at West Ham.
However, he became a very different player after his move to Ajax, and was a successful scorer when he reunited with Eredevizi and Ten Hag in Europe.
Under Ten Haag of Utrecht, the amazing striker was a real success and again the best under his coach in Amsterdam.
Haller was the main character in almost every attack of the Ajax, playing in the channels, winning and generally breaking the game.
Instead of just playing in the center, he wanted to choose the right goal, and Dushan Tadic allowed most of his magic to work in and around the box.
Although he didn’t make the scoring, and probably didn’t enjoy his best, Haller’s influence at Ajax was evident against Zwolle.
It’s easy to imagine Ten Hag wanting to give Heller a second chance in the Premier League as United are looking for a key attacking point to lighten the load of aging Cristiano Ronaldo.
There are no indications that Kenneth Taylor may be interested in Manchester United, and in reality it is too early for any interest to increase rapidly.
But if Ten Hag is given time to lead the Old Trafford revolution, his name could be seen.
The 19-year-old threw to the young midfielder in the second leg of the Ajax senior, and he certainly took the opportunity.
The versatile young player was confident that he could possess the ball between the lines, which was a key part of Ten Hag’s favorite way to play, and he made the right decision when he got there.
Half an hour later, PEC knocked Zwolle into midfield and when the ball landed on Taylor, he saw Dushan Tadic running after him and executed a well-weighted ball from above, which was properly thrown over the goalkeeper and into the net.
In the second half, he showed his ability to move the ball and make an attacking impact. Taylor was right there when the show was going on.
Whisper it quietly, but it was Frankie de Jong’s shadow – Ten Hag was the main character before moving to Barcelona for a lot of money.
It’s too early, but Taylor could watch clubs like United, who are looking for the next gem from the Ajax production line, if something happens against Zwolle.