‘Larger personality that Klaassen has become, can give Ajax a European boost’


Bundesliga analyst Erik Meijer is not surprised by Ajax’s interest in Davy Klaassen. The former international, who was active as a player and trainer in Germany for about twelve years, states that 27-year-old midfielder at Werder Bremen has undergone a transformation.

“Klaassen is no longer the midfielder he was,” Meijer tells it Algemeen Dagblad. “At Ajax, as an attacking midfielder, he mainly dived behind the strikers. That made him a (club) top scorer. Now he has more of a controlling role. for the goal. “

Meijer therefore warns that Klaassen is not ‘super defensive’. “He can play as the most defensive midfielder, but I would think that it would be a shame for his qualities. His walking ability remains his greatest weapon. Conditionally he has only become stronger. I therefore still like to see him pass the striker and close it. “

Klaassen also developed his leadership qualities at Werder Bremen. “It is not without reason that he is captain and the right hand of trainer Florian Kohfeldt.” At Ajax he could also be an extension for Erik ten Hag. “With Blind, Klaassen and Tadic, he has an experienced player in every line. This way he creates a strong axis around which the rest can move.”

According to Meijer, Klaassen can easily compete in the Champions League with Ajax. The question is whether he can also make a difference in the knockout phase. “The bigger personality he has become in the Bundesliga can give Ajax an extra boost internationally.”

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