Ajax outclassed Tottenham on Tuesday and Donny van de Beek proved his credentials as one of the best-attacking midfielders in Europe. Indeed, he outshone Christian Eriksen on the night, and Spurs need to snatch him before someone else does.
Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy saw first-hand how the Ajax youngster played their team off the park, and it’s easy to why FC Internews have linked him with a move to the North London side.
This is no hyperbole or us footballing hipsters loving the latest trendy name to emerge on the continent. He proved he’s better than Eriksen at just 22-years-old.
Having played a whopping 52 times for Ajax this season in all competitions, scoring 16 goals and making 11 assists in the process, he looks a genuine creator. In fact, that beats Eriksen’s nine goals and 17 assists in 47 appearances despite the Dane being five years older and widely recognised as one of the best players in the world.
Van de Beek has the quality to be one of the world’s best for the next ten years, and he’s already been compared to Eriksen previously on Calciomercato, via Sky Sports. Now though, it appears he’s much more reliable than his opponent in the final third, picking the right passes more often than Eriksen.
He’s rated at just £22.5m on Transfermarkt but expect Ajax’s asking price to soar in the summer after this breakthrough season. the sale of Eriksen would guarantee the money would be available and that’d be the right choice for the club’s long-term future.
Spurs must sign him in summer to ensure the development of the squad doesn’t go downhill if Eriksen leaves. They’ve seen someone as good, if not better, right in front of their eyes, so they need to pounce on the opportunity.
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