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Ajax are a team with great history.
Currently, they are definitely not on a level they used to be back in the day when they dominated the European stages but their wide pool of talent is still very much present and practically engraved in their DNA.
But in modern times, many of their best players are only groomed and perfected at Ajax and then shipped away to “bigger” destinations so they can chase their dreams.
We have seen the same thing happen to Frenkie de Jong with his move to Barcelona, or Matthijs de Ligt and his transfer to Juventus.
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They were young stars who have simply outgrown their parent club; a club that has given them a platform to develop on. And the same thing might be happening to Hakim Ziyech, one of the biggest stars currently at Ajax.
The 26-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move away from Eredivisie and Calciomercato claim Tottenham Hotspur are actually the most serious suitor out there who’s looking to seal a deal.
Of course, Spurs are going through a rebuild themselves with Mauricio Pochettino sacked and Jose Mourinho taking his spot, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say the Portuguese manager insists on reinforcements in order to lift the club to a new level.
Currently, they are sitting in 14th in the Premier League table and Ziyech just might bring that spark back to them, especially in the attacking third where you can never have enough firepower.
With 18 goals in 12 games, their scoring record is not the worst you’ve ever seen as they are actually fifth in the league in that regard, but the results are rarely going their way and an additional threat in the box could be most welcome.
Ziyech’s potential departure, however, although painful, would not be completely unexpected seeing how this pattern of players developing at Ajax and then leaving the nest is something the upper management is fully aware of.
Just recently, Edwin van der Sar admitted they are bound to lose more players come next year when speaking to De Telegraaf, as quoted by Football London:
“Next year Ajax will undoubtedly also lose players again.”
Ziyech is a huge part of the squad – seeing how he has already managed to net six goals and 15 assists in a total of 21 games played across all competitions – and losing him definitely won’t be easy.
But if he does end up leaving, he will just be another Ajax star in line who’s ready to fly out of the nest and seek his destiny elsewhere.
Maybe the Dutch giants should start preparing for another student outgrowing his home in the near future.