Ajax is waiting for a period of turmoil: ‘Selection is not well organized’

Alfred Schreuder can still count on the support of the Ajax leadership and that is not for nothing, according to Freek Jansen in the Grab Scale Podcast. The Ajax watcher of Football International sees that there are extenuating circumstances for the coach.

‘On the one hand it is internally restless, but on the other hand it is calm’, is how he introduces his story. ‘It has been said continuously: he will have time, because we know what happened. We know how it went with Antony and Martínez. Now add those two and you have a completely different selection, also in terms of dynamics, in the dressing room and leaders. Antony as a footballing leader and Martínez really as a passion leader.’

Moreover, the reporter knows that Schreuder’s predecessor – Erik ten Hag – was not always well received by the outside world. ‘Don’t forget that we have often had these discussions at Ten Hag. Attack with the door open. Don’t forget the moment when Tadić and Dest faced each other, because sc Heerenveen was able to cut through it again. Any opponent could do that back then, so it’s a bit inherent. It just has to be worked on and you have to see growth.’

Although Schreuder is responsible for achieving the aforementioned growth, he must have the selection for it. “The selection is not well organized. There is no balance in terms of characters, qualities and positions,’ says Jansen. “You’ve got two months now and it needs to be shaken up. It is also going to be shaken up, because players will be said goodbye and new players will arrive. You have that time now and you have to take it.’

Will Blind remain an Ajax player?

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Daley Blind played his last match for Ajax,” the journalist says. “He worked towards the World Cup and he achieved that. It is clear that there is resentment between (Daley Blind and Schreuder, ed.). It has come out and then you have to ask: does he still have added value as a footballer and in the dressing room? It is a big decision that Ajax has to make.’

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