The Future is Now! Ajax 2021-22 Season

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  1. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
  2. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Ajax are trying to find a buyer for Neres but I've not seen any news regarding interest. He was capped by the Brazilian NT a couple of years ago but does not seem to be the same player he was during the CL run. The whole reason Berghuis transferred over was that Neres would depart, now we may end up with three right wingers.
     
  3. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Rumor I'm hearing out of Amsterdam is he likes the nightlife a lot.
    Could be a Dani 2.0 (remember him??).

    He was even arrested but then released in Brazil for attending an illegal party:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/s...rrest-attending-illegal-124-person-party.html
     
  4. I thought his sleepy eyes look was just his facial feature, but are you telling me it's the result of partying all night?
     
  5. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Lyon have inquired about Neres and a transfer fee of €25 was mentioned. I would be astounded and pleased if this goes through. Still no word on Onana who can return to club practice in mid-September. Ekklenkamp is off to a new adventure in Berlin, moving to Hertha for €3M. I always liked him as a player, a real hard worker.
     
  6. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Thats the rumor. I still know a lot of people in Amsterdam centrum, and word gets out pretty quick which people regularly attend the party scene
     
  7. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I do too, but he doesnt have any real special talents that stand out. He reminds me a bit of vGinkel
     
  8. Orange14

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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    A very good offensive display and the scoreline could have easily been worse. That being said, the clean sheet was flattering as Ajax were caught out on several occasions but Vitesse attackers made very poor decisions. Haller had multiple opportunities and should have netted at least one goal. Other than that, there is not much to pick at regarding the passing and play making as Ajax had over 70% of possession. Alvarez was my MOTM for good play both offensively and defensively.

    Player Ratings:

    Steckelenburg (6) - other than one very nice save, he was fortunate in just watching about a half dozen wasted chances from Vitesse
    Blind (7) - very good passing and showed a bit more speed today playing FB
    Martinez (6.5) - very good in the offensive half but caught up field on two occasions which cannot happen against better teams
    Timber (6) - lost his marker on a free kick and lucky not to have been punished, good on the ball
    Mazraoui (7) - the back heel to Antony was sublime; Overmars, get the contract extension done!!
    Alvarez (7.5) - had one or two poor passes but his game was excellent other than that, I thought his shot would bring down the crossbar, it was that hard and he stayed alert to get a goal from VAR
    Gravenberch (7) - excellent on the ball and was alert enough to get the goal after Alvarez rattled the crossbar
    Klaassen (6.5) - saw hardly any of the ball for the first hour but then pops up to get a nice goal to finish the scoring
    Tadic (7) - excellent on the ball and had a couple of chances for a goal but shot high
    Haller (6) - worked very hard to get open but could not find the net; I think the goals will come
    Antony (7) - good to see him back in the lineup today
    Rensch (5) - 2nd half sub and did not see much of the ball
    Tagliafico (5.5) - had some good runs in the 2nd half; I wonder if he leaves this transfer window
    Neres (NR) - on late
    Berghuis (NR) - on late but did see some of the ball as a MF
    Schuurs (NR) - on late and Ajax went to three in the back

    International Break coming up. Ajax then travel to Zwolle to play PEC and open up the CL campaign away to Sporting
     
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  9. BaritoPutra

    BaritoPutra Member+

    Jan 26, 2007
    I wish it was worse for lowly Vitesse… lol, shame on them, still not able to field more than one Dutch player in a match. I hope they are relegated :mad::D

    I only watched the first half… Gravenberch looked dominant and confident. Just need to be a bit smarter at times, not forcing the issues. The VAR goal was a bit confusing to me… I thought Alvarez came back from an offside position (behind the line) as he was initially saving the ball. But I wasn’t super paying attention, and the ESPN replay was not clear.
     
  10. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Offside on Alvarez was negated as the ball came off Bazoer.
     
  11. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    Agreement between West Ham and Ajax for Nico to go there for about 12m. Crazy that a couple years ago it looked like he'd leave for twice that. No agreement yet between Nico and West Ham and window closes tomorrow. So it's going to come down to the line.

    Neres to Leicester might be coming too. But he's going to sell for tons less than originally thought.

    Pre-Covid, it looked like Nico, Neres and Onana would collectively bring in 100m+. Now? Maybe 25m total.
     
  12. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    At the end of the day, Ajax are left with the roster they started with. I suspect EtH will move Berghuis into the MF and he may replace Klaassen who is looking slower this season; plus he has never been good on the ball whereas the ex-Feyenoord man is. If that happens Neres becomes first choice sub on the wing. Tadic needs rest this season. Overmars should tell Onana that if he does not extend his contract, he does not train with the club, full stop. Ajax went to bat for Onana last year to help get the ban shortened and Onana should be grateful for that. Onana totally misread what his market value is. Whether the doping ban had an impact is unclear.

    As @wynaldaisagod noted above, Covid has totally disrupted the transfer market and most teams are looking a loans with an option to buy while Ajax prefer to sell direct. Maybe this becomes the new normal, we will need to wait and see.
     
  13. Orange14

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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
  14. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Shock and Awe Time!!!! I hope this third shirt strikes terror into all the Ajax opponents. They should wear it in both Rotterdam and Eindhoven and victory will be assured!!!!!
    Ajax_3_shirt.jpg
     
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  15. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    The land of Rob & Cecil
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Better if you had this photo taken on your doorstep so that the three little birds could perch there.
     
  16. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I thought about that but the sun was wrong. The three little birds look nice on the back of the collar but it's only a heat pressed image rather than embroidered so I don't know how long it will last. Even so, this has to be one of the greatest 3rd shirts of all time!!
     
  17. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    The land of Rob & Cecil
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How much did it cost?
     
  18. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    I'm curious what happens with Onana this season....

    To be honest, the other options just aren't very good. If Ajax had a great GK, I'd say let him rot on the bench. Unfortunately, they do not. The difference between progressing in CL/winning the Eredivisie might be Andre.
     
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  19. Orange14

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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I bought it directly from the Ajax store and I think it was €90 maybe. I figure since I don't go to games this serves as an in kind contribution to the club's finances. I think they sold out of the first batch and were going to have Adidas make a second batch. Apparently a lot of Jamaicans were ordering the shirt!
     
  20. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    It's going to be up to Overmars and Onana. According to Overmars he is returning this weekend and will train with Jong Ajax. I think the only way he comes back to the club is by extending his contract for at least another year. He's only 25 years old. I don't know how much the drug ban complicated things for him but I think he vastly over estimated his own worth in the transfer market. Too many clubs have gotten burned by paying huge fees for GKs who didn't pan out.

    I agree the two keepers Ajax have right now are sub-optimal. Gorter who is #3 got injured yesterday while training with Jone Oranje and returned to Amsterdam for treatment. He is highly rated but I don't know the extent of the injury. Other than that there is Raatsie who took Gorter's place and Setford who is a U-21 English keeper (one parent is Dutch I think).
     
  21. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Ajax did register Onana for the Champions League but he would only be able to play the final two group stage matches because of the suspension.
     
  22. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Ajax have ordered more Bob Marley shirts from Adidas!!! You can place orders at the Ajax store but delivery will be delayed until stock arrives.

    Because of the WC qualifier between Argentina and Bolivia, Tagliafico and Martinez will not get back to Amsterdam until this Saturday and will not make it in time for the PEC Zwolle match. Some Spanish league teams have similar problems and matches between affected teams have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
     
  23. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    What was really cool was his son attending Ajax game, and to his complete surprise was his dad's theme song on the soundspeakers

     
  24. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
  25. Voetbal International made an analysis of the CL readyness of the Ajax selection this week.
    Their conclusion, only Tadic is up to CL level.
    Hope for the sake of our UEFA coeff. ranking they're way off target though.
     

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