Leon ten Voorde, journalist for Tubantia, believes that Alfred Schreuder can be blamed enough. Ajax’s technical policy changed after Marc Overmars left, but the coach himself had influence on this during the past transfer period.
“In the power vacuum that arose over the summer, he simply had a big finger in the pie in purchasing policy,” the reporter emphasizes. Football talk on ESPN. ‘He said it himself in that sensational press conference. He said: my agent has helped Ajax. You can’t leave the purchasing policy solely with Hamstra and Huntelaar.’
In addition, he notes that sufficient resources were also available for Schreuder. ‘105 million in the Dutch competition and then find in the winter break that you are still developing and searching, that is not possible. In the last game against Liverpool they had eight players in the starting line-up who were already there last season.’
It is Feyenoord that enters the World Cup break as winter champion, while Ajax’s budget is considerably higher. Kenneth Perez looks at the trainers. ‘Maybe Arne Slot is just a better trainer than Alfred Schreuder. At least he has been able to make it clear to his players how they stand when the ball is lost, a free essential part of football. The field occupation and residual defense are very important if you don’t have a team that is overflowing with quality and can arrange everything yourself.’
Perez is shocked by Ajax
The way in which Schreuder currently allows his team to play cannot count on the approval of the former Ajax player. ‘It is shocking to see how Ajax is on the field in terms of organisation. Against Vitesse it was really laughable. You could have scored a lot of goals if you had a little more luck, but how they were on the field when the ball was lost… It was not normal. I think it’s seldom shown how they stand in a professional competition.’