The expected compact playing style of sc Heerenveen is the main reason for putting Quincy Promes on the bench. Zakaria Labyad is missing because he became a father on Sunday morning, but would also be passed over by trainer Erik Ten Hag for the same reason as Promes.
“We have to get into our attacking game against a compact opponent,” says Ten Hag FOX Sports. That was one of the reasons why Ajax did not perform well against FC Groningen, with Labyad and Promes as striker and most forward midfielder respectively. ‘A lot of possession, few chances. Traoré is a point of contact and is also strong. He now gets the chance, ‘said Ten Hag about his choice for Lassina Traoré as a striker on Sunday afternoon against sc Heerenveen.
Klaassen and Kudus
After an absence of almost 3.5 years, Davy Klaassen is right back in the starting line-up of Ajax. Not bad according to Ten Hag, because the midfielder needs little time to adjust. ‘He has an important role. He is also fit and has already played league football at Werder Bremen. ‘ In this way, the Ajax player does not have to be calm. “He also knows Ajax football, so that doesn’t require a period of adjustment.”
Klaassen will rotate a lot on Sunday afternoon with fellow midfielder Mohammed Kudus. ‘In possession he (Klaassen, ed.) Has to play quite deep and he will often be able to penetrate with his runs. If he loses the ball, he drops further back, but that is also up to the opponent, ‘explains Ten Hag. ‘Kudus plays in an attacking position, but that can also rotate. We trained on that. ‘
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