VdVaart out (JOB related)

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  1. BuffloSoldier

    BuffloSoldier BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 31, 2000
    Northern NJ
    Six to ten weeks out, it's projected-knee injury caused in Holland's win on Sat.

    Tough blow to Ajax's CL hopes.
     
  2. empennage

    empennage Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Phoenix, AZ
    So, will O'brien be moving into the midfield for Ajax?
     
  3. BuffloSoldier

    BuffloSoldier BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 31, 2000
    Northern NJ
    Doubt it. Ajax has several players that can fit the central midfield role, it just won't be attacking as it would with vdVaart in it.

    Probably be Galasek (maybe van Halst) in the middle, Maxwell on the left, and on right, vdMeyde? Boukhari? Who knows, Witschge or Winter may get the call.
     
  4. Mason16

    Mason16 Member

    Apr 11, 2001
    South Florida
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sounds like the same line-up they used at the end of the previous campaign with maxwell/new guy on the left wing and van halst at dmid. I believe Galask played attacking mid.
     
  5. Riverdale Goalie

    Riverdale Goalie New Member

    May 12, 2001
    Bowie MD
    What about Jari Litamen (Sp?) ? Didn't they just sign him? Doesn't he perform a similar role?
     
  6. BuffloSoldier

    BuffloSoldier BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 31, 2000
    Northern NJ
    He could play the #10, but he's more likely to be used as a winger. He could be used as the right winger in the 4-3-3, dropping vdMeyde on the right side of midfield.

    You have:

    ----Zlatan/Mido----- (Center forward)
    Sikora------vdMeyde/Jari (Wings)
    ------Galasek------- (#10)
    Maxwell-----Right sided MF (midfield)
    ------------------------
    JOB Chivu Pas/Berg Trabelsi
    -----Steklenberg----

    Wamberto and Pienaar are another two names to throw into the mixer.
     
  7. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
    Yes. Litmanen could very well play in that role.

    "Coach Ronald Koeman, meanwhile, has two offensive alternatives for the crucial 'number ten' position in the team: South-African supertalent Steven Pienaar and, of course, Jari Litmanen. Replacing Van der Vaart in case of injuries was one of the reasons to invite the 31 year-old Finn 'back home' to Amsterdam."
    http://www.ajax-usa.com/ajax/news/02-03/0908a.html
     
  8. BuffloSoldier

    BuffloSoldier BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 31, 2000
    Northern NJ
    Ajax has no lack of options at Koeman's disposal; it's just a step down in talent and explosiveness.
     
  9. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    almost anyone in the world would be a step down from what VDV was offering
     
  10. Martin Fischer

    Martin Fischer Member+

    Feb 23, 1999
    Kampala. Uganda
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Of course it will be Litmanen. Ajax has been playing with one center forward -- Mido or Ibravonich, two wingers in Sykora and Van der Myde and then Van der Vaart playing as an attacking mid or second central forward. For me the best way to describe Ajax's formation is 4-2 (Galasak and Maxwell)-4.

    In any event, Litmanen slots in for Van der Vaart, which is the best cover imaginable, though Van der Vaart will be missed. Great pickup by Ajax.
     
  11. jinne

    jinne New Member

    Feb 12, 2000
    Holland
    That was at the end of last season, when Ajax switched to a 4-4-2 which worked better at that time. This system will probably used again in the CL, where Litmanen will play either as second forward or in midfield.

    In a 4-3-3 it's certain that Litmanen will take over Van der Vaart's role when he's fully matchfit.
     
  12. cmh1414

    cmh1414 New Member

    Sep 3, 2002
    Litmanen played as the #10 when ajax won the CL in 1995, with Kluivert as the center forward.
     
  13. Belgian guy

    Belgian guy Member+

    Club Brugge
    Belgium
    Aug 19, 2002
    Belgium
    Club:
    Club Brugge KV
    Indeed he did, so why would they suddenly put him on the wing now? If anyone should play for Van Der Vaart, it should be Litmanen...
     
  14. Brunssen

    Brunssen New Member

    Jun 3, 2000
    Litmanen will play centrally, like he did before. why would he place jari out there when koeman already has sikora, and van der meyde. who play the position at the National Team level for the nederlands? Jari doesnt have the pace or fitness level to be as effective as victor and andy.
     
  15. BuffloSoldier

    BuffloSoldier BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 31, 2000
    Northern NJ
    Liverpool used him as a "free role"/second forward/etc, that's all I was saying. Most likely, yes, he'll be used centrally.
     

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