Alex Mendez @ FC Vizela

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  1. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    The 1-200,000 Euro Ajax would eat isn’t significant to the club. The non-EU salary thing doesn’t really matter to them. They’re minting money and about to have an insane transfer window. Ajax also would loan/option to buy too.

    Agreed on Olympics roster. I believe it is 20? I also think Richie and Pomykal are clearly better than him (with Aaronsen better IMO too).
     
  2. WheezingUSASupport

    Dortmund
    United States
    Aug 28, 2017
    I agree just because he trained it doesn’t mean he’s in their first team plans this season.

    My guess is this is a motivational tactic they use with other academy prospects to understand where they stand and their gaps.

    If they were seriously considering him for the first team would they decide not to have him play for jong Ajax so he could train with the first team? He could have trained with the first team regardless.
     
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  3. taylor

    taylor Member+

    Jun 9, 2000
    Fav team: FC CARL ZEISS JENA
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Research is always such a sick burn...
     
  4. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Then what is the drawback to moving from Freiburg to Ajax? Do you think his footballing education will suffer at a club whose name is almost synonymous with sophisticated tactical training?
     
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  5. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    Mo 2/17 Jong Ajax v NAC {6th} [Mendez DNP]

    Th 2/20 Getafe v Ajax {Europa League} [Mendez not traveling; Jong field players traveling = J. Timber, Gravenberch, and Ekkelenkamp]


    Fr 2/21 Helmond Sport {19th} v Jong Ajax

    Su 2/23 Heracles {10th} v Ajax

    Th 2/27 Ajax v Getafe {Europa League}

    Fr 2/28 Jong Ajax v Telstar {7th}

    Su 3/1
    Ajax v AZ Alkmaar {2nd}

    (Don't mind me, just looking at the busy upcoming schedule).
     
  6. frankburgers

    frankburgers Member+

    May 31, 2016
    Mendez is on the bench today.
     
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  7. dougtee

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  8. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    70' - Mendez in, Helmond Sport 0-1 Ajax

    Came in for 'old man' Victor Jensen (20)
     
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  9. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    #584 TimB4Last, Feb 21, 2020
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    Mendez ices the game at 89' 0-2 Ajax

    Final score Helmond Sport 0-2 Ajax, Mendez with about 25'.
     
  10. dougtee

    dougtee Member+

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  11. glutton4Bolts

    glutton4Bolts Member+

    United States
    Mar 18, 2019
    Nat'l Team:
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    thanks for posting dougtee. It says FOX at the top of the video. Where did you get it? Is the whole game streamable somehow?
     
  12. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    United States
    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    "Pretty regular starter."

    Great gotcha attempt though. :rolleyes:
     
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  13. LivingStone

    LivingStone Member

    Barca
    United States
    May 21, 2019
    You guys slamming on Mendez are really weak. Dude was solid for us in the u20 cup.
    He's at the best club in the world for development.
    How many of you internet warriors have done anything?

    Me thinky NADA!


    Leave the kid alone.
     
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  14. freisland

    freisland Member+

    Jan 31, 2001
    #589 freisland, Feb 22, 2020
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    Mendez scores the second for JAjax and helps makes history. (well, came on in 2nd helft but didn't screw up the math at least...

     
  15. freisland

    freisland Member+

    Jan 31, 2001
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    Mendez has been training with the big boys according to reports on the inter webs.
     
  16. frankburgers

    frankburgers Member+

    May 31, 2016
    weird post. It’s a sports message board giving opinions on players.lol
     
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  17. twoolley

    twoolley Member+

    Jan 3, 2008
    doesn’t seem like slamming to me honestly. Mostly opinions that they don’t think he will make Ajax first team. Definitely more likely, statistically, that he doesn’t. So pretty safe bet there.

    when he is on his game though, really fun player. Hope he puts it all together plus adds that little bit of extra athleticism.
     
  18. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    I think there's a bit more than that - it's saying he made a very poor choice in joining Ajax if he doesn't make their first team (or another Eredivisie team).

    Is this the case? Shouldn't the question be: has he gotten better by joining one of the best training programs in the world? He's gotten Jong Ajax minutes and even if it simply shows that his best isn't at this level, what's the downside given that it's not like he's rotting on a bench? Isn't it likely he's a better player than he would be at LAG for the challenge?
     
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  19. bigt8917

    bigt8917 Member+

    May 10, 2015
    That run and finish looked very similar to a goal he scored against Mexico in the U20 Concacaf championship
     
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  20. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    Sorry for evaluating a soccer player on a soccer message board?

    No one is attacking his character, worth ethic, ambition. He seems like a great kid. Although I do not trust the Kleiben dude (who you MIGHT be)... he seems like a total weirdo, psycho loose cannon.

    I, as a US/Ajax fan (and really the only 2 teams I follow very closely), have a vested interest in him. I want what is best for development. I don't think this move was but time will tell.
     
  21. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    If Tyler Adams went to Europe instead of playing for RBNY for 2 seasons, would he be where he is now? I highly doubt it.

    The downside is he's 20 years old next year and STILL hasn't touched a first team bench. It's incredibly rare for a player who isn't a first team regular (let alone make a bench) at that age to become a quality, MNT level player.
     
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  22. bigt8917

    bigt8917 Member+

    May 10, 2015
    On the injured list?
     
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  23. That means shit as Frenkie de Jong touched the bench only when 19.5 yo.
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    and had his first serious minutes as a 20 yo and then we're talking about a world class talent already at Willem II compared to Cruijff.
    Mendez is ready when ready or never. Age doesnot provide clues at all. As has been said in different circumstances "age is just a number".
     
  24. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    You're clearly missing my point. Mendez can't even get to a bench. de Jong at 19 was on the bench and getting sparse minutes. He also played in a European final that season.

    At 20, he was an auto-starter at Ajax. At 21, he was arguably the best player on a team that went to a CL semifinal. At 22 he's the best midfielder at Barcelona.

    To compare Mendez to de Jong in any way is.... insane?
     
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  25. I'm not comparing Mendez qualities to de Jong's. I point to the fact that even a super talent like de Jong wasnot fast out of the Young team into the 1st team selection and he was dominant in the Y Ajax team. So to expect something alike from Mendez, who lacks the pretrail de Jong obviously had at the Willem II academy, which is a top academy, is a bit much.
     
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