Dutch giants AFC Ajax proceed to occupy a spot within the prime echelon of youth growth throughout world soccer for nearly everything of their illustrious historical past.
Though they’ve misplaced the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt whereas might be in line to half methods with midfield starlet Ryan Gravenberch amid critical curiosity from Bayern Munich, de Godenzonen at all times are able to having one other younger participant able to step into the breach.
One such participant that has executed so within the final two years has been academy graduate Jurriën Timber.
The Utrecht-native spent 6-years within the academy arrange at Feyenoord earlier than ending his training throughout 4 years at Ajax earlier than breaking into the first-team arrange in the course of the 2019-20 season. Since then, Timber has quickly risen by the ranks underneath Erik ten Hag and is now an undisputed first-choice choice on the Johan Cruijff Arena.
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Timber is at the moment within the Dutch nationwide crew camp underneath Louis van Gaal as Oranje are set for a pair of friendlies towards Denmark and bitter rivals Germany starting this weekend, however the Ajax teen took day trip to replicate on what his potential subsequent port of name might be ought to he go away the Dutch giants sooner or later.
“I like to play for prizes; that’s why I say City now. Barcelona has a less good period at the moment. I want to grow as a player, use my time at Ajax to become even better. At Ajax, you have to be happy if you are in the starting line-up; that’s why I want to enjoy this time consciously.”
“I play for the prizes here; there is no better place to be. Ajax was always my dream club; I also slept under an Ajax duvet. I plan to stay here for a while. But if Manchester City calls, what should I do?”
Timber a part of subsequent wave of rising Dutch stars underneath Van Gaal
The Netherlands took a significant step in making an attempt to rebuild their nationwide platform after qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after crossing the end line forward of Turkey and Norway in a aggressive Group G that so practically noticed the Dutch have to undergo the playoff tree make it to subsequent winters international spectacle.
But for a nation that has lengthy had one of many nice influences on the game on a worldwide scale, the Netherlands shockingly did not qualify for World Cup 2018 whereas being dumped out of the spherical of 16 at Euro 2020 by the hands of the Czech Republic after Oranje gained all three group stage matches.
Legendary supervisor Louis van Gaal was introduced again into the fold as soon as once more in service for his nation, and the Dutch have gotten on nicely underneath the previous Champions League-winning headmaster, successful 5 of their seven matches underneath his command whereas drawing the opposite two.
As is custom with the Dutch, one other cadre of younger gamers continues to push for locations within the nationwide crew setup, and Timber is one among eight gamers aged twenty-three or youthful.
Apart from Timber, that checklist contains the likes of PSV starlet Cody Gakpo, Borussia Dortmund’s Donyell Malen, mercurial Club Brugge winger Noa Lang, AZ Alkmaar standout left-back Owen Wijndal, and, after all, Matthijs de Ligt.
Others not included within the present crew embrace Jeremie Frimpong, Devyne Rensch, Ryan Gravenberch, and Calvin Stengs.
Though the Dutch have been a shadow of their former selves in latest seasons if any nation can get again on observe in scintillating style, it’s Clockwork Orange.