It strikes Ruud Gullit that the players who left Ajax are struggling with their new clubs. He makes the comparison with top clubs like Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, where the players are accustomed to a certain system. Gullit writes that in his column for De Cceit.
According to Gullit, it is not surprising that Liverpool is now suddenly decreasing, after having performed so well for so long. ‘After that fantastic European season with a place in the semi-final of the Champions League, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs left the Lit, but Ajax went on the transfer market’, says Gullit about Ajax.
Last season it was already less with Ajax, which did not overwinter in the Champions League and AZ but did not shake it off in the title battle. Ajax was also eliminated by Getafe in the Europa League. ‘Now you see something growing again in Amsterdam and you hope that there is enough quality to stay in the Europa League longer, although that will not be easy with the French leader Lille OSC as opponent. ‘
‘More specifically about the difficult offensive way of playing; you saw and see how many problems the Ajacides, especially the midfielders, have to adapt after their transfers to major international top clubs. Whether it was Davy Klaassen, or Donny van de Beek, Lasse Schöne or Hakim Ziyech and even Frenkie de Jong. They are great players, but even those have the hard, ‘says Gullit.
‘The Jong is sometimes a bit changeable, but furthest from all those players to adapt to his new club and new environment. He does not happen to play at FC Barcelona at a club that is closest to Ajax in terms of philosophy. ‘
Read here the entire column of Gullit