Kieft: ‘Álvarez beyond Sangaré, Luuk de Jong better pinchhitter than Brobbey’

Wim Kieft believes that Ajax has rightly declined the bid of fifty million euros for Édson Álvarez. The former footballer and analyst states that the Mexican is further than Ibrahim Sangaré of PSV, but that the people of Eindhoven in Luuk de Jong have a better pinchhitter than the Amsterdammers.
In his column in De Cceit, Kieft highlights both teams. Ajax sold Antony and Lisandro Martínez for 167 million euros, while at PSV Cody Gakpo, which was offered forty million euros, decided to stay in Eindhoven. Antony and Martínez left for United, Gakpo was in the interest of Leeds United and Southampton. That difference lies in playing Champions League or Europa League. If, as Gakpo, you don‘t give home in four preliminary round matches against AS Monaco and Rangers FC, that won’t help boost the transfer fee, writes Kieft.
Ajax had the opportunity to sell Álvarez for fifty million euros, but decided to forgo such a deal with Chelsea FC. ‘Ajax rightly refused this bid because he has become very important to his team. He is everywhere, anticipates situations well, captures balls and then plays them better and better. Actually, he hardly suffers any ball loss. Unlike PSV’s Ibrahim Sangaré. That‘s someone who intercepts a lot of balls, but after losing them himself. Alvarez is better and further than Sangaré’, Kieft believes.
At the striker position, Brian Brobbey can be found at Ajax. The strong attacker was included in the pre-selection of the Dutch national team for the first time on Friday. ‘Brobbey has something to prove at the Orange, although the Depay-Bergwijn couple is not in dispute. As a pinchhitter, to force something with the head, I estimate Luuk de Jong higher than Brobbey, ‘concludes Kieft.