Arsenal, Chelsea target set to leave Ajax

Ajax youngster Riechedly Bazoer could spark a scramble among Premier League clubs after his manager Peter Bosz revealed that midfielder is set to leave the Dutch outfit in January.

What’s the story?

The 20-year-old has been left out of Ajax’s Europa League squad for tonight’s match against Standard Liege, which fuelled speculation over the youngster’s future.

According to The Mirror, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are among the English contingent tracking the Dutchman.

There is no doubt that the trio would have been interested to hear Bosz claim that the highly-rated midfielder is on his way out of Ajax.

“After talks with Riechedly I assume there is a big chance that he is not with this team anymore after the winter break,” Bosz is quoted as saying. “Against Standard I want to play young players so they can get used to this international level.”

It would be disappointing for Ajax to lose an academy graduate, who broke into the first team in 2013 before making 51 appearances for the Eredivisie club, but when the big boys come calling, it is difficult to resist.

What’s Bazoer’s style?

The young gun predominantly plays as a holding midfielder, with the ability to orchestrate movements from further down the pitch.

The midfielder has shown to have a sharp football brain at such a young age, which bodes well for the future.

Having the responsibility of making quick decisions and preventing opponents from getting through to the defensive line is a lot to take on for a youngster, but he seems to be taking it in his stride.

In addition, Bazoer has shown many a time that he can push forward through the middle of the park and lead an attacking move, much like Steven Gerrard did in his prime.

The teenager has shown over the last few seasons that he can help protect the defence as well as play in a free role in midfield, and at such a young age, versatility is welcomed.