Ajax coach Erik ten Hag showed last season that he was often charmed by Ekkelenkamp, but did not yet translate that into many basic places (0) or substitutions (4) in the Eredivisie. In Jong Ajax he made 21 league appearances (11 goals). Although Ekkelenkamp wanted to go for a real chance at Ajax deep in his heart, the lack of playing time meant that he was not dismissed in advance against a temporary departure.
Making Overmars discussable a rental to FC Twente and SC Heerenveen is a clear signal to the self-trained player, who must now seize his chance in the preparation. With the supporters of Ajax, Ekkelenkamp cannot go wrong since April 2019, after he floored in the final phase of Ajax-Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo and defused a life-threatening Juventus counter.
Ekkelenkamp is under contract until the summer of 2022 in Amsterdam. A rental might become negotiable if Donny van de Beek does not leave Ajax.