Kieft points out ceiling Ajax: ‘To see Álvarez struggling is painful’

Wim Kieft considers that the depopulation of the past years Ajax broke up during the Europa League dismantling against AS Roma. The former striker sees that the Amsterdammers simply cannot fight the big money in Europe financially.
According to Kieft, every comparison with the successful team from 2019 is limping. ‘Then everyone was spoiled with top talents like Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Lit, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek’, he writes in his column in De Cceit. However, structural joining the European summit is an illusion because of the financial differences. ‘Ajax’ future is more in the second phase of the Europa League than Champions League.
Kieft sees that Ajax played a lot of football. ‘
It really matters whether your midfield is occupied by Frenkie de Jong, Ziyech and Van de Beek or if you have Davy Klaassen, Ryan Gravenberch and Edson Álvarez walking around there. ‘ The lack of Blind made itself feel extra against Roma. ‘He is someone who determines the rhythm and pace of the match, when no other can play between the lines and control others between the lines. Gravenberch is far from that far and Klaassen is not able to make a difference at quarter-final level in Europe. Watching Álvarez wrestle is painful anyway.
Also, someone like Sean Klaiber is short, says Kieft. ‘Noussair Mazraoui, Devyne Rensch and Jurriën Timber are much better. Add to that that the Brazilian wing attackers have not given David Neres and Antony home for a while. The latter is no longer a shadow of the outsider of the first months. Offensive should all come to Ajax from Dusan Tadic and that makes the team vulnerable. ‘